Tuesday, April 19, 2005


R. Crumb, Fame, Hitler and TV

From NYTimes, Mr. Natural's Creator Visits the World of Art:
He said that as a disaffected young man, if he had not had the outlet of drawing, he probably would have ended up sketching his lurid, big-bottomed female characters "on some prison wall or in a lunatic asylum someplace, or I'd be dead."

"Now I'm better," he said, adding that "getting famous helped."
Famous people with new memoirs they want to sell need to have dinner with famous art critics. For example, art critic Robert Hughes, who interviewed Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, in the late 1970's.

Mr. Hughes told about an exchange in which Speer said that architecture was certainly one way to unite a people, but that if the Nazis had had television, there would have been no stopping them.

Mr. Crumb, finishing his plate of baked chicken, beamed. "Oh, that's great," he said. "It's true."

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