Margot Mifflin
July 23, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Private Lives of Public Figures

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Drew Friedman
genre
Biography

We gave it an A

As Spy magazine’s resident cartoonist (and an illustrator for this magazine), Drew Friedman (Warts and All) holds a marvelously warped lens up to crusty politicians and debauched celebrities every month, from Pat Buchanan to Howard Stern. In Private Lives of Public Figures, Clarence Thomas is shown with his lawn jockey, Bill Cosby (”never too busy to consider a financial opportunity”) checks a public phone for change, and the worse-for-wear Rolling Stones appear as bald octogenarians. A good-natured misanthrope with an obsessive style and a sardonic tongue, Friedman is one of this country’s sharper political artists. A

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