ABC's of Phobias

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast designs her own take on the alphabet book from "alien abduction" to the end in What I Hate From A to Z (Bloomsbury USA, 2011).


Roz Chast

Comments [23]


sink holes are urban equivalent of quick sand

Oct. 26 2011 05:38 PM
Fran from UWS

Quicksand: "Ramar of the Jungle." Anyone else old enough to remember that one?

Oct. 26 2011 02:20 PM
GD from NYC

This seemed incredibly inane and meaningless.

Oct. 26 2011 01:32 PM
Charles from Carmel, NY

Who cares what this pompous person hates? What I hate are Roz Chast's pretentious "cartoons," which are about as funny as a dingy blank wall with a stain on it. Her frequently long-winded tiny-lettered sayings are not even worth the squinting and effort it takes to read them. A perfect example of the decline of the New Yorker cartoon under the current regime, although none of the other current cartoonists' efforts are as poor as hers.

Oct. 26 2011 12:20 PM
Warren from Morristown, NJ

Our generation is afraid of quicksand from the old Jungle Jim, Tarzan, and Shena of the Jungle shows. There was always a poor "native" that would get trapped in the quicksand as everyone watched in terror

Oct. 26 2011 11:17 AM

I hate New Yorker ads. Have you seen this weeks? The models all look like creepy aliens, pages 2,5 & 7 in particular have REALLY disturbing looking people that make the average shop mannequin look natural. brrrrr.
I love the guy with the beret though, but that's a given; who doesn't?

Oct. 26 2011 11:08 AM
Pete from UWS

I've never understood the appeal of this woman's work...I feel like it's some sort of big inside joke that is neither funny nor clever. I also hate how her cartoons are often seen as some sort de facto authority on what it means to live in New York...I'd prefer to see some new voices in the magazine.

Oct. 26 2011 11:05 AM
Emily from Westchester

Anyone else unable to open those cardboard cylinders that hold cinnamon rolls or crescent rolls for fear of the POP?!

Oct. 26 2011 10:52 AM
anita from new jersey

what a negative - and particularly funny - spin on these things. quick....someone create the "what I love" list.

Oct. 26 2011 10:52 AM
Mary Beth from nyc

read On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Suess. It's great!

Oct. 26 2011 10:49 AM
Paul from Glen Cove

quick sand: I watched this movie as a child where the character slowly drowned. I think there also was a scene in quick sand in Tarzan. ( the series)

Oct. 26 2011 10:48 AM
Mary from Brooklyn

I remember Lassie pulling someone out of the quicksand on so many Sunday evenings.

Oct. 26 2011 10:48 AM

Quicksand: Tarzan and Jungle Jim movies starring Johhny Weismuller.

Oct. 26 2011 10:48 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Yellow is supposed to make you feel aggressive.

Oct. 26 2011 10:47 AM
Robert from NYC

My favorite med advertised on tv is the anti-depression med that has the possible side effect of causing one to want to commit suicide!!! Uh, isn't it supposed to take away depression and make one NOT want to commit suicide? Am I wrong? And they say marijuana is bad for you? Why, it makes one hungry and giddy? lol

Oct. 26 2011 10:47 AM
Ron from Manhattan

Re was a staple of patter on The Munsters....grandpa was often threatening to trap someone it in.

Oct. 26 2011 10:47 AM
John A. from Phobos

Ha. I fear Phobia taking over the US populace. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Yes?

Oct. 26 2011 10:46 AM
Susan from nyc

As far as the medical profession is concerned, Roz is right on.

Oct. 26 2011 10:46 AM

thought I was the only one who even remembered/was terrified by Jello 123!

Oct. 26 2011 10:45 AM
Bob L from New YOrk

Balloons, Jello, Carnivals? Wow, this is riveting! What else, nails against a blackboard.

Oct. 26 2011 10:44 AM
Connie from nj

There's a reason why Ray Bradbury wrote all those disturbing books set in carnivals. And I get her point about balloons too. And Junket---ugh.

Oct. 26 2011 10:44 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Ha, Ha!

Carnivals ARE terrible--I guess you weren't at the Rhinebeck Fair over the summer!

And I can't stand Halloween.

Oct. 26 2011 10:42 AM
carolita from nyc

Hiya, Roz!! I know one thing: birds won't be under "B!" :)

Oct. 26 2011 10:12 AM

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