New Yorker Cover: 9/11/01
Writer, editor, and artist, Art Spiegelman, created the very controversial cover for The New Yorker magazine. Mr. Spiegelman worked for The New Yorker for ten years, resigning a few months after the September 11th terrorist attacks, living within walking distance from the world trade center. The cover of the September 24th issue of The New Yorker was voted in the top ten of magazine covers of the past 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The cover was influenced by the black-on-black paintings Ad Reinhardt. When I first looked upon the photo, I saw a black cover with the words The New Yorker on it. It wasn’t till I took a closer look, that I saw the outline of two buildings. As I started to examine the cover I realized that the buildings would disappear in some angles and re-appear in others. I think the Spiegelman made the cover that way, so the audience could see and remember the day that the world trade center was there, and in the blink of an eye they were gone. On the left building the antenna splits the W in the word New. I believe Spiegelman did this for a purpose. Art Spegielman loves to make his readers or viewer thank when analyzing his work. He creations are so that the viewer can imagine there own views and come up with their own conclusion of his work. At the time of the attack, President George W. Bush was in office. After analyzing the cover I feel like the antenna shows that after the destructive terrorist attack, President George W. Bush was going to have to make a decision that was either going to make or break his presidency. The decision was made to go to war with Iraq soon after the attack. He split the nation with that decision, which bring more thought on the spitting of the W. When the United States declared war on Iraq the nation began doubting President Bush’s leadership. He was sending United States solders overseas to die. He also began investing trillions of dollars into the war putting...
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