Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Cartoons: A Strange and Brutal Business

If you think you face rejection in your job, try submitting cartoons to The New Yorker.

No. Yes. No. No. Remnick picks up a cartoon of a corporate boardroom with a bunch of guys in suits sitting around a conference table with one chair occupied by a brain in a jar. The caption reads, "But first let's all congratulate Ted on his return to work."

" Ewwww!" Remnick says, half groaning, half laughing. "Bob!"

"It's great!" Mankoff says.

"It's horrible!" Remnick responds, laughing.

"What? A little brain in a jar?" Mankoff replies. "No animals were hurt in the making of this cartoon."

Remnick laughs. But he doesn't change his mind. "Not here," he says. It's a No.

What was Remnick thinking? That is a funny cartoon. It would have made the rounds of HR departments.

Read all of Peter Carlson’s Washington Post article here.

[HT: Arts & Letters Daily ]

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