Guest Picks: Francoise Mouly

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Yorker art editor Francoise Mouly was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the process of honing the iconic covers of the magazine and shared some of the ones that didn't make it. She also shared what she's been reading recently and the comfort food she craves.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc...) that moved or surprised you?

          "Stolen Continents: The 'New World' Through Indian Eyes" by Donald Wright - Astonishing: there were 100 million American Indians on the continent when Columbus arrived, 1/5 of the population of the globe at the time. Most of them, whether Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee or Iroquois, had highly sophisticated civilizations, but got destroyed when 90% of the population was decimated by smallpox and other pestilence brought by the filthy Europeans.


What are you listening to right now?

            George Brassens: nothing new, but I never tire of him.


What's the one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?

            My hobby is reading on neuroscience.


What's your favorite comfort food?

            I crave salad greens: mesculin, spinach, arugual, frisee, virtually any green (except iceberg). And baby carrots.


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