What I Hate

What I Hate

From A to Z

Book - 2011
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Chast's alphabetical compendium provides a neurotic spin on the classic alphabet book.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608196890
1608196895
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 25 cm

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ro_cohen
Aug 05, 2017

For years, I have enjoyed the cartoons of Roz Chast, many of which have appeared in The New Yorker magazine.
Unlike a particular New Yorker cartoon in a Seinfeld episode – about which Elaine became obsessed due to her inability to understand its meaning – Ms. Chast’s cartoons are readily accessible; especially to those who, like her, experienced parenthood over the last twenty something years. I was always comforted by the fact that Roz’s experiences with her children were similar to mine; and that I was not raising sociopaths.

One of her cartoons that I recall vividly was entitled, “Heroes of the Clothing Wars.” The drawing depicted statues of children – in the style of Civil War heroes – who stubbornly insisted on dressing in ways contrary to their parents` wishes and, more importantly, common sense. There was little Johnny who insisted on wearing a T-Shirt to school in sub zero degree weather.

Ms. Chast’s cartoons are not all about children. But they do share a common theme – one that pokes fun at the insecurities in all of us.
This book, "What I Hate From A to Z," has less to do with things Ms. Chast hates; and more to do with her irrational fears, many of which were incubated in childhood.

The letter “R” stands for her fear of rabies, which relates to the scene from "To Kill A Mockingbird" in which Atticus shot a rabid dog in front of the Finch residence. “K” is for kites because, when Roz was a little girl, she was told about a boy who was carried away by one. And then there is “E” for elevators – “the perfect storm of claustrophobia, acrophobia and agoraphobia.”

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ClaireM_W
Jun 03, 2012

There are only 26 letters in the alphabet. Too bad: I could hang with Roz Chast all day! She makes being neurotic look so utterly loveable.

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