This claims to be a video but only the audio is working for me. However, either way you slice it, acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith and cartoonist Chris Ware talking about stories at the New York Public Library is a fascinating team-up. For those who cannot absorb audio, there’s a write-up of their December chat here.
It was then that Smith recognized a deeply-engrained commonality between them: although both were modern artists, they did not only want to experiment with clever concepts where the reader laughed at the joke and walked away. Rather, they aimed to create innovative pieces that were emotionally stirring in the way of a Caravaggio painting or Tolstoy novel.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.