Agatha Christie Solves the Mystery of Happiness in Marriage

hercule-poirot    After enjoying Edward Sorel’s cartoon in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review – The Literati Sketchbook – I was inspired to research Agatha Christie and her marriages.

Archie Christie, Agatha’s first husband, was a dashing pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. After fourteen years of marriage to Agatha, he did leave her for a younger woman, Nancy Neele.  Surprisingly, Archie Christie did love golf, as noted by Sorel, and belonged to the  Sunningdale Golf Club. (“He spent many of his weekends there while Agatha worked on her novels in their London flat.”)

After discovering her husband’s affair, Agatha did disappear:  “A major police hunt was undertaken, and Christie was questioned by the police. She was discovered ten days later at the Old Swan Hotel in Yorkshire, registered under the name of her husband’s lover… and suffering from a complete loss of memory when found and identified by her husband.” – just as Sorel depicts in his cartoon.

After divorcing Archie, Agatha meets and marries Max Mallowan, an archeologist fourteen years younger.  They live happily ever after for forty-five years.

In the last frame Sorrel shows an old Agatha solving the mystery of happiness in marriage, saying:

“An archeologist is the best husband any woman can get. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”

Amazing what cartoons can teach us.   Might be fun to see the 1979 film version with Vanessa Redgrave as Agatha.  Roger Ebert reviews the film – here.

The Book of the Future

Grant Snider created a cartoon for the book review section of the New York Times that defined the book of the future.

To accomodate complaints of low-lighting on breakable e-readers that may strain eyes, Snider suggests redesigning books by:

  • making them interactive (by turning pages by hand)
  • using non-glowing type encased in a protective layer of wood pulp (paper)
  • and giving books a home decorating function (as in book shelves).

Could books go full circle? from to

Check out Snider’s cartoon – here.

The New Yorker Cartoons of the Year

When someone says a publication has  “great articles…” it may be the pictures they are really looking at.  With The New Yorker – hard not to find at least one article I really want to read – even if it’s months later from the stack of magazines I’ve saved for a long plane ride.

But I always read the cartoons immediately.  Someone recently gifted me with a whole year of their cartoons in The New Yorker, Cartoons of the Year – what fun –  I can flip through and get a laugh – again and again.

from The New Yorker:

Cartoons of the Year