by Anthony Haden-Guest

Anthony Haden-Guest’s cunning cartoons seethe in a mashup of audacious hilarity, and sublime social commentary amidst the dangers of masked manners, the undoing of civilization and its self-absorption. They infiltrate, disrupt, subvert the chatty miscalculations, the prescribed power in words, the casual conversation unleashed to hell-bent mercy and LOL. These series of comics joyfully corrupt the display of bitchy, dismissive formalities, the brazen encounters of style and substance, whether strangers, lovers, friends or foes. There is an urgent uproar in these caricatures as they interpret for us the daily sarcasm and undermining that deprive us of our dignity and grace. The cartoons act as a truth to tyrants, authority a-holes, caressing and cherishing personal interference interactions with the choice weapon of wit. AHG gives permission for the vulnerability and influence of humor, not laughing at us, but to get us laughing together as an intimate gesture. The cartoons engage the double entendres of consciousness as a creative declaration of agency, to undo cruelty, with the humanity of laughter and parody, ultimately to free us of the perils of words. Brilliant indeed. -Karen Finley Anthony Haden-Guest Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, cartoonist, and sporadic performer. He was born in Paris, grew up in London but is long settled in New York. As a journalist he has covered wars, the art world and the celebrity culture and his books include Bad Dreams, True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World (Grove Atlantic) and The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and the Culture of the Night (Morrow).

ISBN 9780578600932
224 pages

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