5 Questions: Ken Krimstein

© Ken Krimstein

Editors note: When we originally posted this interview on October 1, the title of Ken’s upcoming book was still under wraps. We’re happy to update the piece, complete with the title. The subject is fascinating, and we’re eager to review the book when it’s released.

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Hannah Arendt

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Quite literally trying to finish my graphic novel “The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth,” — coming out next year from Bloomsbury — in time for its rapidly approaching deadline.

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
I am getting to know the wonders of CD’s again, for various reasons, and I unknowingly put on Volume 2 of the Beatles “Anthology,” – the sequential tracks of John Lennon finding his way to the finish of “Strawberry Fields” is a wonder of the world, and then, to follow it with an outtake of Paul’s “Penny Lane,” and then, I was lucky enough to be on a tour bus (The Magical Mystery Tour, of course) driving around Liverpool last summer and actually visited both physical places…

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
See question 1

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
Walter Benjamin

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
Ken Krimstein: Artist, Writer, Right-Fielder.

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Ken Krimstein

Ken Krimstein is a writer, cartoonist, and teacher. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Bystander, Barrons, Punch, Narrative, and more. His first book, Kvetch as Kvetch Can — Jewish Cartoons,” was published by Clarkson Potter in 2010. He is hard at work finishing his second, a graphic novel to be published by Bloomsbury in 2018. He also has written criticism, humor, and graphic journalism for The Chicago Tribune, The New York Observer, and others. He is full-time faculty in The College of Communication at DePaul University, and resides in Evanston, IL after many many years in the 10025 zip code.

You can find some of his work here.

Following is a German interview with Hannah Arendt. The sexism is overt, so be forewarned.