And the Pursuit of Happiness

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Artist Maira Kalman has a new “blog” at the NY Times which is a combination of illustration and text focused on the theme of American democracy. In her first installment she visits the supreme court and meditates on the role of women in law. I relish the artwork, but her analysis pushes whimsy and fashion into serious issues. Her comment on people outside the court house protesting circumcision:
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This seems to me like a lost opportunity to expand the healthy tradition of political cartoons in broadsheet media into more than one freezeframe…..what kind of intervention is Kalman’s work into the healthy tradition of satirical political “cartoons” in the newspaper?
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February 12, 1937, New York Herald-Tribune, “Qualifying Test For Supreme Court Jobs”

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