The cartoonist America’s right-wing political establishment loves to hate

If you’ve been online, and especially on Twitter, you’re probably familiar with Eli Valley’s name and his brushwork drawings that use the grotesque and the absurd to make larger points about life, culture, and culture. Politics. But it wasn’t until the Trump administration that the New York-based cartoonist was thrust into the public spotlight. Valley has come under attack from a wide range of politicians, especially Republicans, including Meghan McCain, who called the comic strip he drew of her “one of the most anti-Semitic things I’ve ever seen. “. McCain is not Jewish, and Valley is, not to mention that his father is a rabbi.

In this conversation, I asked Valley to tell us about how he got his start in comics, how he built on the long history of satire and graphic humor in the American Jewish tradition, and how he faces the public spotlight as he struggles to survive. as a full-time artist.

This podcast is accompanied by researcher Josh Lambert’s article, which explores the historical roots of Valley’s art. Lambert writes, “Valley comes naturally through its most pressing and recurring theme: the lies told and the violence committed in the name of Jewish safety and security. His cartoon jeremiads can easily fit into a long history of Jewish protest, from biblical prophets who excoriated sinners from Israel to modern novelists who, like late 19th-century San Francisco writer Emma Wolf, criminally underestimated, wrote of Jews, as she put it, “in the spirit of love – love that has the courage to point out a fault in its object”.

The music for this episode is “A Mineral Love” by Bibio, courtesy of Warp Records.

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