Tags: Robert Mankoff, The New Yorker
In a particularly insightful and funny TED talk, Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon, Bob Mankoff, cartoonist and cartoon editor of The New Yorker, makes the point that even the funniest cartoon, one that a majority rank as a 10, some put down as a 1.
The magazine receives 1000 cartoon submissions a week and publishes 17. The rejected cartoonists likely don’t find this stat funny.
We all want unconditional love and complete acceptance though we know it is impossible. I once listed off 9 wins at a Board Meeting and then spoke of a loss. The members were both affronted and crestfallen. They would have, I think, preferred I kept up the illusion of invulnerability.
We are human: we want the very thing we can’t have.
(Almost two years ago I featured Bob Mankoff in the following post: My wife gave me the Following card for our anniversary.)