What I Hate

What I Hate

From A to Z

Book - 2011
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The pages of the New Yorker are hallowed ground for cartoonists, and for the last thirty years, Roz Chast has helped set the magazine's cartooning standard, while creating work that is unmistakably her own- characterized by her shaggy lines, an ecstatic way with words, and her characters' histrionic masks of urban and suburban anxiety, bedragglement, and elation.

What I Hate is an A to Z of epic horrors and daily unpleasantries, including but by no means limited to rabies, abduction, tunnels, and the triple-layered terror of Jell-O 1-2-3. With never-before-published, full-page cartoons for every letter, and supplemental text to make sure the proper fear is instilled in every heart, Chast's alphabetical compendium will resonate with anyone well-versed in the art of avoidance- and make an instructive gift for anyone who might be approaching life with unhealthy unconcern.

Praise for Roz Chast:

"The wacky world Roz Chast has created in her cartoons is a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew." -Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"The wryest pen since Dorothy Parker's." - O, the Oprah Magazine

"Where would we be without Roz Chast'...Chast's magnificent career-spanning collection...highlights her position as master of the deep interior, of the obsessions, the baseless fears and the weird proverbs to which we cling in our desperation not to leave the house." -Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times , on Theories of Everything

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608196890
Branch Call Number: Arts 741.5 Cha


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Aug 05, 2017

For years, I have enjoyed the cartoons of Roz Chast, many of which have appeared in The New Yorker magazine.
Unlike a particular New Yorker cartoon in a Seinfeld episode – about which Elaine became obsessed due to her inability to understand its meaning – Ms. Chast’s cartoons are readily accessible; especially to those who, like her, experienced parenthood over the last twenty something years. I was always comforted by the fact that Roz’s experiences with her children were similar to mine; and that I was not raising sociopaths.

One of her cartoons that I recall vividly was entitled, “Heroes of the Clothing Wars.” The drawing depicted statues of children – in the style of Civil War heroes – who stubbornly insisted on dressing in ways contrary to their parents` wishes and, more importantly, common sense. There was little Johnny who insisted on wearing a T-Shirt to school in sub zero degree weather.

Ms. Chast’s cartoons are not all about children. But they do share a common theme – one that pokes fun at the insecurities in all of us.
This book, "What I Hate From A to Z," has less to do with things Ms. Chast hates; and more to do with her irrational fears, many of which were incubated in childhood.

The letter “R” stands for her fear of rabies, which relates to the scene from "To Kill A Mockingbird" in which Atticus shot a rabid dog in front of the Finch residence. “K” is for kites because, when Roz was a little girl, she was told about a boy who was carried away by one. And then there is “E” for elevators – “the perfect storm of claustrophobia, acrophobia and agoraphobia.”

Jun 03, 2012

There are only 26 letters in the alphabet. Too bad: I could hang with Roz Chast all day! She makes being neurotic look so utterly loveable.


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