July 25, 2016
Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" I know the Democratic nominee has a lot on her mind as she prepares to accept her party's coronation. But as she hones her theme for the Clinton-for-President general election campaign, I suggest she look for inspiration from the White House bid of half a century ago by a Democrat she says she adores. In the mid-1960s, America was undergoing social and political upheaval that seems eerily familiar today.
May 31, 1998 |
Abandoned by his father, booted out of Columbia University, fired from a computer-programming job after being falsely accused of stealing the owner's bicycle, Ted Rall is one furious Generation Xer. Fortunately, he is armed with a pen - three Rapidograph pens, lying next to a half-finished cartoon on a drawing table in his two-bedroom co-op above Manhattan's Morningside Park. "Look at the world - how can you not be angry?" says Rall, sitting placidly on a living-room futon and stroking his orange cat, Indy.
June 1, 1997 |
Beetle your brow. The Feiffer is leaving the Voice. Jules Feiffer, the syndicated philosopher-cartoonist known as much for his articulate grousing as for his distinctive drawings, cut the cord to his hometown newspaper, the Village Voice, last week. Or was cut loose, depending on who's talking. Either way, New York City's cheeky weekly will no longer be running the 68-year-old Feiffer's half-page comic strip. It had been a fixture since October 1956. Voice publisher David Schneiderman blamed the breakup on money differences.
May 30, 1997 |
Jules Feiffer, whose satiric cartoons helped set the alternative tone for the Village Voice for 40 years, quit the Manhattan weekly Wednesday in a contract dispute. The paper, which paid him $75,000 a year, told the artist it wanted to discontinue the salary and buy his work from his syndicate for about $200 a week. Feiffer, 68, said Donald H. Forst, Voice editor since last fall, "told me in effect that he wanted to fire me but to continue to run me. " Negotiations collapsed Wednesday when Feiffer rejected a counterproposal for a $20,000-a-year staff position with benefits.
October 13, 1991 |
Jules Feiffer, our nation's most versatile and unconventional pundit, launched his career by giving away cartoons to build a following. The Village Voice gladly received and began publishing these handouts regularly in 1956 when the Bronx-born Feiffer was 27. Suddenly the success of that new cartoon series, Feiffer, skyrocketed to mass circulation. His best-known comic strip, Feiffer is now syndicated in more than 100 newspapers worldwide, including The Inquirer. And for three decades now, he has been one of America's leading satirists.
June 8, 1990 |
In Elliot Loves, playwright Jules Feiffer exercises his deceptively casual mastery over the tactical warfare that passes for love in our time. Directed slickly by Mike Nichols, the comedy that opened last night at Off- Broadway's Promenade Theater is less like a play than an encounter between the audience and the contemporary types that Feiffer continues to find so fascinating. This is an easier play than last fall's Anthony Rose, which Feiffer wrote for the Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays.
May 2, 1990 |
Jules Feiffer knows that despite his 1986 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, the grown-ups don't take him seriously. "People still ask me what I really want to do. It's the cartoonist's curse, to be making a living giggling and doing something the grown-ups gave up in childhood," the 61-year-old Obie-winning playwright, cartoonist, screenwriter and novelist told his audience Saturday night. Feiffer's speech, "The Political Cartoonist and the Media," mixed personal anecdote, current events and satirical one-liners in an hourlong presentation that included 35 slides of his works.
October 23, 1989 |
The copiously talented Jules Feiffer (playwright, cartoonist, novelist, et al.) may have written his best play in "Anthony Rose" - and possibly his masterwork, if one can safely use such highborn terminology in the vernacular - which last night had its world premiere performance at the Harold Prince Theatre of the Annenberg Center. The play was expressly commissioned by the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays to open its ninth season, and Feiffer has served his patrons surpassing well.
October 23, 1989 |
Taken either as playwright or cartoonist, Jules Feiffer is an original. His work has in it a little of the madness he satirizes so entertainingly. His new play, Anthony Rose, isn't like Littler Murders or, my favorite, Knock Knock, or anything that anyone else has written either. It is its own creature and, I regret to say, at first viewing last night, it looks a little too tricky for its own good. The Philadelphia Festival Theater premiere was in the newly refurbished Harold Prince Theater of the Annenberg Center.
October 22, 1989 |
Two years ago, Jules Feiffer was commuting between Houston and Evanston, Ill., to participate in productions of two plays he had written. The city he really wanted to be in - and, for a couple of months, didn't get to very often - was New York. "It was the longest period of time I had been away from my family, and the longest away from my little daughter," said the 60-year-old Feiffer, referring to Halley, the 4-year-old child of his second marriage. But as he has done for 35 years in the cartoons that have made him famous, Feiffer managed to turn this frustrating personal situation into artistic inspiration.