Max: Well, Simon, what do you think of the cover illustration of a sledder speeding down a hill?
Simon: It makes me think of Pogo’s immortal words: “From here on down it’s uphill all the way.”
Max: I miss Pogo and his critter friends.
Simon: They lived in a swamp, and you know what happens to swamps …
Max: If Making America Great Again means 18 cartoons per issue of The New Yorker, I may experience a change of political heart.
Simon: Political heart is an oxymoron.
Max: Should Mr. Mankoff be our next President?
Simon: He’s the King of Cartoons. Why would he want a demotion?
Max: The good doctor on the cover appears pensive as we lead up to the Inauguration.
Simon: On the bright side, we have 19 cartoons in this issue, up from a paltry 13 last week. Looks like The New Yorker is finally getting its priorities straight.
Max: I attribute the change entirely to this blog.
Simon: The butterfly effect at work.
Max: Simon, this week’s cover suggests we’re steaming into dark and uncharted waters later this month.
Simon: I’m concerned that the ship of state is The Titanic.
Max: Damn the icebergs, full steam ahead!