July 26, 2013

With this New Yorker presentation, magazine covers continue making a claim to be America’s most distinctive art form. Here’s what artist John Cuneo says about the the art: “With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn’t already personally breached? Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the iconic image of him straddling it. And then Weiner sexting, his head tilted and looking a certain way — I just stumbled upon the image as I was sketching. But all I could think about while working on this piece was, ‘Will Weiner still be in the race by the time it runs?’”

Cuneo’s work is good for the New Yorker; good for subscribers; good for media critics; good for just about everyone, except for Anthony Weiner. If nothing else, the events of the week demonstrate that the New York City mayoral hopeful has a compulsion bordering on sickness when it comes to sharing naughty and photographic intimacies with other women over the Internet. Hard to see how this New Yorker fame will tame those demons.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.