Emily Flake’s cartoons frequently consider the settings of middle-class domesticity with a sharp eye for contemporary idiosyncrasy. Originally published in the July 22nd, 2013 print issue of the New Yorker, this panel features a father reading a bedtime story to his daughter, who asks him to “Read it in the hollow, affectless voice of a man with nothing left to lose, Daddy.” Like all of Flake’s work for the magazine, it preserves the magazine’s hallmark gag cartoon style, while modernizing the objects of its satire.
Emily Flake (b. 1977, Connecticut) is a cartoonist, illustrator, and the creator of Lulu Eightball, a weekly strip that ran from 2001 to 2016. She began drawing for The New Yorker in 2008 and has since published over a hundred cartoons in the magazine. Flake’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MAD Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Newsweek, and The Nation, among other publications. Her books include the Prism Award-winning These Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves (Bloomsbury USA 2007) and Mama Tried (Grand Central Publishing 2015). She now lives in Brooklyn.
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