It’s the end of an era. Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, will retire. During his 40 years with the New Yorker, Mankoff drew and oversaw some of the most iconic cartoons ever published. Unmatched in their subtlety, they cut through reality with surgical precision. Let’s honour a great career by treating ourselves to some good laughs: by browsing tons of great cartoons in the archive, including my all time favourite.
Don’t be scared away by the slow start and the sheer length of this piece (my read-later app of choice says 98 minutes reading time). It’s time well spent with an «avid a collector of instances of bad judgment»: a deeply insightful description of 25 human tendencies that lead to bad choices (then again, we’re not as bad as ants, that – once they’d have atomic bombs – would within 18 hours…well, read for yourself).