Art Spiegelman Has Lost His Glasses
My latest for New York Magazine
Greetings! I have a new feature in the latest issue of New York Magazine: a profile of Maus cartoonist Art Spiegelman!
As Spiegelman sees it, the real reason for the board’s decision may be that the narrative of Maus offers no catharsis, let alone comfort, to readers. There are no saviors. No one is redeemed. The characters — Spiegelman’s family — remain the imperfect people they were to begin with. “It’s a very not-Christian book,” Spiegelman says. “Vladek didn’t become better as a result of his suffering. He just got to suffer. They want to teach the Holocaust. They just want a friendlier Holocaust to teach.”
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