On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.
For reasons that may have to do only with the perfunctory indifference that comes with incuriosity, there has never been a precise understanding by the dominant culture of what an editorial cartoonist is.
In this segment from the Feb. 28 edition of KPFA’s “Against the Grain,” aptly titled “Pictures Against Power,” the inimitable Mr. Fish tells co-hosts C.S. Soong and Sasha Lilley about his provocative cartoons, his book “Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People,” and what artists can do far better than politicians.
Truthdig editors interviewed esteemed editorial cartoonist Dwayne “Mr. Fish” Booth, whose debut collection, “Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People,” is out from Akashic Books. The artist talks about his craft, his inspiration, and the man behind the brilliant, wild and provocative cartoons.