, one of the great cartoonists, passed away. Charlie drew close to fourteen hundred cartoons for The New Yorker over the years, beginning in the nineteen-sixties and continuing right through last week’s issue
Many more here
"Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"
an upcoming graphic memoir from Roz Chast
is excerpted in the New Yorker online.
"Why am I not constantly grieving?"
The wonderful Roger Angell
on love, loss, sex, death, time, and the view from age 94.
The Deadly Necklace.
The current issue of the New Yorker has a fascinating story about Richard Lancelyn Green
, a preeminent Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes scholar
who died under mysterious circumstances
in March. At the time of his death, Green had been looking into the provinence of an archive
of Conan Doyle’s papers
[reprint of a NYTimes article], which he believed (perhaps wrongly)
had been stolen, and he'd hinted that there had been threats to his life. Soon afterward, he was found garroted by a shoelace in his room. The magazine does not provide the article online, but does offer this Q&A
with the author. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but to get you started while you're still at work, here's some more about Green's death from a Holmes message board
; a discussion of the curse of Conan Doyle
, which holds that Holmes scholars can meet an untimely end; and info on Doyle's belief
in the supernatural
The Brief History of the Dead
) imagines the afterlife as a thriving city, where the poor choices of the living affect everyone, including the dead. A New Yorker short story by Kevin Brockmeier