Ware’s Well

It’s not too late to appreciate Chris Ware’s cover and story in The New Yorker‘s November 2  “Cartoon Issue.” Young trick-or-treaters stand at doorways, their faces hidden behind white masks, while their parents wait back on the sidewalk, their faces masked in illumination from their personal communication devices. What a great image! The story inside is equally clever and layered: generational,  revealing of interpersonal relationships and delusion, graced with beautiful imagery and designed , like a Pynchon novel,  in circular fashion. Who is that eyeless blond at the center of it all? Ware’s recent stories have been (mostly) focused on women–see The Acme Novelty Library Number 18–and it’s fair to ask what this Midwestern male can tell us about females. The answer is apparent in this latest story of mothers and daughters. They serve as a means to discuss the reoccurring foibles of men and the human condition at large.  The irony of the story’s last line–“Poor Mom…She was still naive in so many ways”–speaks to our own, unavoidable naivete.  See the Rabbit’s Chris Ware interview here.   —Cabbage Rabbit

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