Episode #1532

Ralph Steadman’s Splatters & Touching Strangers

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Illustrator Ralph Steadman at work in his home studio Illustrator Ralph Steadman at work in his home studio (Charlie Paul/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Hunter S. Thompson pioneered Gonzo journalism — but there would be no Gonzo without the artist Ralph Steadman, Thompson’s longtime friend and co-conspirator. Steadman’s illustrations for stories like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas defined their freaked-out feel. Kurt Andersen also talks with author-illustrator Shaun Tan, whose beautiful picture books have a vaguely menacing undercurrent. Plus, the journalist Ron Suskind explains how Disney characters helped him communicate with his autistic son.

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Excuse Me, Could You Touch That Person Next to You?

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Slideshow: Touching Strangers

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Ralph Steadman Leaves His Mark

The artist who helped define Gonzo journalism with his twisted, violent illustrations is the subject of a new documentary. At age 78, Steadman hasn’t lost his impish humor — as we learned when he started flinging ink all over the studio.

Video: Ralph Steadman draws Kurt

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Shaun Tan's Magical Worlds

Bestselling author-illustrator Shaun Tan constructs eerie, vaguely sinister worlds in his gloriously detailed picture books. For a long time, he didn’t understand why bookstores put them in the children’s section. Now the father of an infant daughter, Tan’s starting to come around.

Slideshow: Shaun Tan’s illustrations

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Aha Moment: Aladdin, Iago… and Owen

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Malena from Barcelona, Spain

Really enjoyed all the stories, 'though the Suskind's one actually made me tear up a bit.
Just discovered you guys and already hooked!

Aug. 10 2014 06:46 AM

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