June 22, 2004

From Hanging Chad to Baghdad
Editorial Cartoons by David Horsey

Smile When Your Heart is Breaking -- The funniest cartoon I have ever seen appeared in The New Yorker after their cartoon-less issue published right after September 11. A well-dressed woman and a man wearing a checkered sports jacket are sitting side-by-side at a bar. The woman says to the guy: "I thought I'd never laugh again. Then I saw your jacket." One or two of Horsey's renderings come close to conveying that sort of truth (he's a two-time Pulitzer winner for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer); but, all in all, I'm left thinking that successful cartoons are like minimalist literature: they conjoin rather than explain. In other words, they leave you connect the dots.


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