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Letters – Justices and Political Activity


Art direction by Alexandra Zsigmond


The vocal end of the Times’ readership comments on whether or not judges should be permitted to engage in pet political causes. Thank you AZ!

January Recap – Burying the Lede


Much to my surprise, January 2011 began with a full-tilt sprint of still-in-the-works work. So, in the wake of what has been a Pamplona styled onslaught of ongoing work and activity, I’m running contrary to the content ravenous, must-post-first 24 hour news cycle by posting my own completed, belated tidbits at the end of the month, rather than the beginning. These are they:

1. SI 53 (above)
The series of illustrations I produced for the Times last January on the psychology of terrorism had the honor of being part of the Society of Illustrators Sequential & Uncommissioned show this January. Chairman Edel Rodriguez, executive director Anelle Miller and the entire crew at the Society hung and presented a beautiful group show which showcases a formidable range of styles and talent and I would encourage any and all who are interested to check it out in the next two (2) remaining days before it comes down in anticipation of what is sure to be their next great show for Book and Editorial pieces.



Art direction by Alexandra Zsigmond.

I (slowly) completed what was perhaps my most challenging assignment for the Times’ Letters section in recent memory. The Letters were in response to a Week In Review piece about Justice Scalia and the particulars of Constitutional originalists. Coming up with a spot-sized image that is devoid of snark which also somehow encapsulates the suggestion of Constitutional originalism is difficult enough on its own merits. Having to follow Paul Sahre, who had already spectacularly tackled the concept not once, but twice in the original article was an altogether separate challenge. This solution, for better or for worse, was not arrived at with ease.


I’ve recently been working with art director Betsy Robichaud at the Harvard Business Review doing spots for their Interaction section in which their writers respond to their readers’ responses to their original pieces. A sampling of the conversations revolve around what follows:

How emotional reasoning can sometimes trump a high IQ



On developing ‘disruptive’ work and business skills—skills which don’t come naturally, but substantially support an individual’s innate talents



How office-sponsored health and fitness programs improve productivity:


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— Forecasting 2011′s developments in social networking


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September Roundup / Yesterday’s News


September’s been a bit of a blur. Amidst the hopscotch of the day job, the night job, Amtrak and the Bolt Bus, I was able to knock out three pieces for three different sections for the Times. Above are two illustrations which accompanied Matt Bai’s piece in the Week In Review a few weeks back which examines the efficacy of Obama’s presidency in a more integrated, global society in which he’s increasingly tethered to the policies of other countries.


Kelly Doe art directed these two with me—and quite gracefully too when considering that these pictures began as a single spot, before it was briefly considered for the cover, before ultimately being relegated to one spot on the front page and the second piece on the interior. Amidst all of the juggling, she’s calm, that one.

If you treat your news in the same way I treat my New Yorker subscription, you can read the article three weeks too late right here.



Next up was a quick Letters spot which collected responses to Paul Krugman’s column about the anger coming from the wealthy upper class directed at Obama on account of his raising taxes. Many of the voices who chimed in on the Letters page felt differently.

This was art directed by the Op/Ed page’s brand new assistant art director Alexandra Zsigmond. Alexandra’s good.


Lastly, this decidedly freakier one above was done for Nicholas Blechman at the Book Review for Laura Kipnis’ book How to Become a Scandal. The book examines the psychological links between the voyeur and the public train wreck and the motives, raging ids and spectacular self deception required to initiate a public scandal. She breaks it down on a case-by-case basis, examining the particulars of Eliot Spitzer, Linda Tripp, James Frey and Lisa Nowack, the diaper-wearing, wig-donning astronaut from a few months back from which the final illustration drew its inspiration.

New projects which were begotten in places besides 620 Eighth Avenue are on the way…