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A Week in Culture: Zachary Kanin, Cartoonist

March 16, 2011 | by


11:30 A.M.

A graduate student came to my house to film me making a sandwich for her documentary, which, as far as I can tell, is about cartoonists eating lunch.

3:30 P.M.

While on a stroll in the park, three teenagers ran up behind me, threw me to the ground, and punched me repeatedly in the head. I threw them off and ran far enough away to call the police. I spent the next several days replaying the scene in my head.


On Wednesday I had a harmonica lesson and a personal-training session, but not at the same time.

Zachary Kanin is a cartoonist for The New Yorker and the author of The Short Book. His work is the only man-made object that can be seen from outer space. Check back tomorrow for his second installment.



  1. Imani | March 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    yeah, this kind of culture diary is just about my weight.

  2. doodles | March 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Agreed–and so much funnier than David Orr.

  3. Barry | March 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Agreed. FInally a diary that I enjoyed reading.

  4. mercy hazarika | March 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    its really amazing,mind blowing

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