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August 25, 2015

Roz Chast On This Year’s Thurber Prize Short List

imageThe cartoonist Roz Chast has made this year's finalist list for the Thurber Prize For American Humor, it was announced yesterday. The longtime New Yorker mainstay was cited for her awards-accruing juggernaut memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? She is joined by Annabelle Gurwitch and Julie Schumacher on this year's short list, who were named for a book of essays and a book-length satirical work written in letter form, respectively.

The article makes the point that these are all women finalists, an achievement in itself with an obvious outcome ahead that the award this year has to go to a woman. The linked-to piece further points out all three women are over 50 years old. I guess there's been some discussion in wider pop culture circles about whether women can be funny and stay funny, which sounds so shit-stupid it's amazing that anyone that would think either one of those things could form words. But there you go.

Cartoonists haven't been super well-represented by the Thurber Prize, either, which is odd in that cartoonists are funny and Thurber was a funny cartoonist himself. Liza Donnelly was a finalist last year. Let's hope for progression on a number of fronts. For now, let's congratulate all three finalists including the remarkable Chast.
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