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Thurber Thursday: Alarms & Diversions…An Abandoned Robbery Attempt; Fave Throwback Photo Of The Day: Some Very Funny Ladies
October 14, 2021

A summertime place we’ve stayed for years has had two Thurber books on its shelves forever. One is The Seal In The Bedroom, and the other is a 1964 paperback copy of Alarms & Diversions. This title always reminds me of a college-era abandoned theft attempt (by me) of that particular Thurber title.  My graphic account appeared in the Spring 2015 issue ofRaconteur #7.
The short of it is that while roaming the library shelves at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) campus, I found a copy of Alarms & Diversions that hadn’t been checked out in decades. My warped thinking led me to believe the book would be happier, more appreciated, in my home. The plan was to toss the book out of an upper story library window; before it hit the ground, it would be caught in a butterfly net held by an accomplice. Well that didn’t happen. I realized (acknowledged to myself) that my “rescue” attempt was theft. I also realized the book might suffer a great deal of damage if not caught in the net. Many years later, as recounted here on the Spill, I was — ironically — gifted a signed copy of Thurber’s Alarms & Diversions in a parking lot at UConn.   
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Fave Throwback Photo of the Day: Some Very Funny Ladies
It’s been fun watching Liza Donnelly prepare the new edition her 2005 history of The New Yorker‘s women cartoonists. Now titled Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists, with new material (text, photos, and cartoons) and a new in-conversation Forward by The New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, and the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen. It’s due out February of 2022.
This morning, Ms. Donnelly showed me the above photo she came across in one of her files. It captures seven of the many cartoonists in attendance at The Society of Illustrators back in 2017 for the over-packed opening of an exhibit celebrating the work of New Yorker women cartoonists throughout the magazine’s history (the show was curated by Ms. Donnelly). 
The artists, from left to right: Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, Carolita Johnson (with her pooch, Hammy), Liana Finck, Emily Sanders Hopkins, Sofia Warren, and Mary Lawton.  
Further reading: Ms. Donnelly’s​“Cartoonists Who Are Women” — posted October 13, 2021 on Medium.
CAROLITA JOHNSON
CARTOONIST
CARTOONISTS
CARTOONS
EMILY SANDERS HOPKINS
EMMA ALLEN
JAMES THURBER
LIANA FINCK
LIZA DONNELLY
MARY LAWTON
NEW YORKER CARTOON
NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS
NEW YORKER CARTOONS
ROZ CHAST
SOFIA WARREN
THE NEW YORKER
THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS
VERY FUNNY LADIES
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