Books: Drawing Conclusions

Roz Chast, expert chronicler of small things, has released a big book about life's little humiliations

Roz Chast does own a ruler. Probably. But it doesn't see a lot of use. She's just not that interested in straight lines. "Sometimes they look very harsh to me," she says. "I like a little wiggliness. It's like a little conversation that you're just having with somebody. I like to be taken seriously, but I don't want anybody to think this is life and death. I'm not their oncologist."

No, she is not. A small, excitable woman with large glasses, Chast is arguably the greatest living practitioner of a minor art, that of the magazine cartoon, and her work is...

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