Why James Bowman should be the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker

On May 12, 2000 The Wall Street Journal printed an article about the sad state of book publishing at that particular time. It was written by James Bowman, who WSJ identified as the "American editor of the (London) Times Literary Supplement". The opening sentence of Mr. Bowman's treatise was "A recent New Yorker cartoon portrayed a man asking a bookstore clerk: 'Do you have anything that's not for dummies?' "

I never noticed the article, but apparently someone at The New Yorker did. Probably one of those famous fact-checkers we always hear about. I can imagine the conversations that ensued: "Oh, yeah, in what issue was that cartoon again? . . . Hey, wait a minute! . . . Was there ever such a cartoon in The New Yorker?" And before you could say "Oops", the following correction appeared in The Wall Street Journal: wsjcorr051600.JPG

I felt very flattered that Mr. Bowman thought that my cartoon was NewYorkerish.

I've posted the original cartoon under The Wall Street Journal, dated March 31, 2000. You can also find it under the topic of "Books" and in the 2000 decade.

4 Comments

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    That is a very interesting and exciting story. I have a question related to this – when the WSJ reprinted your cartoon in its Correction section, did you get additional money? Should you have (if you didn’t)?

  2. comment title
    No, no additional money — and I never expected more or even thought about it. After all, it was just a simple correction.

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