Beloved New Yorker cartoonist and iconic illustrator
Theories of Everything, and Much, Much More
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Roz Chast talks about cartoons, where ideas come from, the connection between anxiety and hilarity, The New Yorker, lockjaw, and much, much more. Her work first appeared in the pages of The New Yorker in 1978, and the magazine has continually published her work. Roz has illustrated several children’s books, contributed to many humor collections, and received several prestigious awards, including honorary doctorates from the Pratt Institute and Dartmouth College. Nine collections of Chast’s work have been published, including “Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006,” a twenty-eight-year survey. In 2007, she collaborated with Steve Martin on the children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! and, in 2012, she was awarded the N.Y.C. Literary Honor in Humor by Mayor Bloomberg. Chast’s most recent book is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York.” In 2018 she was honored with the Visionary Woman Award from the Moore College of Art & Design. The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.” Roz lives in Connecticut with her family and several parrots.