Over time, Roz Chast has demonstrated a exceptional expertise for imagining the huge taxonomy of issues that may—and typically do—intrude on a day of enjoyable on the seashore. They embody however will not be restricted to: depressed poets, “ultra-hairy” males, grasping seagulls, sunburns, and, as on this week’s cowl, a special form of textual content message from mother. We just lately spoke to the artist about turning into a grandmother and why she prefers oceans which are slightly too chilly.
You’re a self-professed worrier who just lately grew to become a grandmother. Has the brand new addition to the household introduced again the Jewish mom in you?
It by no means left. I simply got here again from a go to to the pediatrician with my daughter-in-law and the child: they seemed contained in the child with all of those devices; they measured the scale of her head, how tall she is, and weighed her. The poor little child was, like, “Ehhhhhh, sufficient, sufficient!” It was only a checkup—the whole lot was completely effective—however you by no means know what to anticipate. They could inform you that there’s completely nothing within the child’s head, that it’s completely hole.
What do you do once you go to the seashore—learn, swim, snooze, or verify your telephone?
I like to play within the waves—having to determine whether or not I’m going to leap over or dive into them. I like the North Atlantic. I like that it’s a bit too chilly. Chilly water is what I acquired used to rising up going to Brighton Seaside and Manhattan Seaside. It’s all the time been part of my life. It feels acquainted. One time, I used to be within the South and the ocean was heat. It kind of felt disgusting. I used to be, like, is that this clear?
You embroider, write, and paint. You’ve even had your Ukrainian Easter eggs (often called pysanky) proven at an artwork gallery. Is there a medium that you simply want to strive?
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