Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oy Vey from Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman has signed and inscribed a copy of the first volume of Maus (1986) under the epigraph, an antisemitic quotation of Hitler's. Spiegelman's reaction, appropriately, begins with "Oy vey," a Yiddish exclamation of dismay or grief. The book depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as cats; Spiegelman has drawn himself as a chain-smoking maus.

Inscribed "For Stephen
+ Aviva ....
Oy vey +
best wishes
Art Spiegelman"

Note:  Thanks to Stephen Kroninger for providing the scan of his book and for supporting my efforts on the blog.

As you know, I'm perpetually in the market for scans and photographs of books uniquely-personalized by Art Spiegelman and other New Yorker artists. Get in touch if you'd like to give your treasures a public airing.

Maybe you've heard:  the new American Bystander #5 will carry the very first classified ad for this blog. I really should have worked harder to lower expectations.


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