Roz Chast

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 pm Venue: Nourse Theater Series: “On Arts” Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

In the 1980’s I came upon one of the funniest, smartest books I’d ever encountered, “Parallel Universes, an assortment of cartoons” by Roz Chast.  In the book store my friend and I were crying with laughter and eventually had to put it down.

Her ideas are brilliantly absurd with a drawing style that perfectly suits the tone of her concepts. One time I lent the book to a friend and wanted to tag some of my favorites. I ended up tagging more than half of the pages. It’s just that good!

RC-2 Parallel Universes”  opened up the dark recessives of my brain and inserted a new perspective.  It challenged a previously complacent acceptance of normalcy.     “The Man Who Dared to Leave his Job — Right in the Middle of the Day”  because he wanted to take a hot bath, is a perfect example of how  living life in a “normally”  can be dangerously constrictive, and taking a hot bath in the middle of the day could be “quite pleasant” indeed.  Life less serious and more preposterous felt like a relief.   RC-1

25 years later,  I learned that she was coming to the Nourse, so of course I had to be there.  IF I’d thought of it at the time, I would have suggested that she start an important new project — the definitive Life Manual.  I will always be indebted to this genius.


Laugh and laugh as much as you can.