‘My Ántonia,’ Lynda Barry and Roger Deakins

November 21, 2019

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Willa Cather in Jaffrey, California, 1920; self portrait of Lynda Barry, and cinematographer Roger Deakins.

Willa Cather in Jaffrey, California, 1920; self portrait of Lynda Barry, and cinematographer Roger Deakins.

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Burke Collection. Willa Cather Foundation Collection & Archives, courtesy of Drawn & Quarterly, TCD/Prod.DB/Alamy Stock Photo.

Cartoonist Lynda Barry is famous for drawing the darkly funny strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” that appeared in alternative newsweeklies for three decades, but for the latest installment in our Guilty Pleasure series, she makes a case for why she loves perhaps the most mainstream and most mocked comic of all: “The Family Circus.” Our latest American Icon installment is about “My Ántonia” by Willa Cather, and why that novel — and author — have never really gotten their due. And Kurt Andersen talks with Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins about working on so many Coen brothers films, why he still operates the camera himself and more.

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