New Yorker cartoons can be whimsical, smart, hoity-toity, profound, or inscrutable. And that conglomeration of adjectives is a good description for this chatty autohagiography, written by the magazine’s longtime cartoon editor. Mankoff guides the reader through his life as a cartoonist, and his development of a distinctive stippled-line style. As memoir, it’s a bit impersonal; whole marriages are reduced to a couple of lines. But by mixing his snappy-banter writing with actual New Yorker cartoons, Mankoff offers fascinating insight into the professional trials and artistic struggles of a cartoonist — and his own method of defining what, precisely, makes a New Yorker cartoon. Mankoff frequently indulges in my-brilliant-career navel-gazing: ”I may not have the best job in the world,” he writes, ”but I’m in the running.” It’s a bold statement. And, as How About Never proves, highly accurate. B+
HOW ABOUT NEVER-IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU? Bob Mankoff
Posted March 21 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'Orphan Black' creator on that crazy, twerktastic episode: 'It was an important one for us'
- 'Orphan Black': Dylan Bruce on Paul's big moment
- Ryan Reynolds makes young fan's dream come true on 'Deadpool' set
- And the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is...
- Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' at 35: Horror director Ted Geoghegan pays tribute
- Sting and Jimmy Fallon take 'Roxanne' to barbershop
- 'Mad Max' gets the 'Mario Kart' mashup it deserves
- Summer Movie Preview: 10 must-see documentaries
- 'Fear the Walking Dead' First Look: 7 photos from the set
- Cannes 2015: What's buzzing in film and fashion
- 'Survivor': Meet 20 alums you picked for a 'Second Chance'
- Ellie Kemper, more faces of the 2015 Webby Awards
- Karina Smirnoff, Zachary Quinto, Taylor Swift & More!