‘Going Into Town’ with the New Yorker’s Roz Chast: A Conversation with the Bowery Boys

PODCAST The Bowery Boys celebrate the end of the year by sitting down with Roz Chast, who has been contributing cartoons to the New Yorker since 1978. She’s also the author of the New York Times best-selling graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Chast’s new book Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York is a guidebook to living in — and loving — New York. Tom and Greg discuss her childhood in Brooklyn, life on the Upper West Side in the ’70s and ’80s, her favorite diner (which is still open!), working at the New Yorker, and much more.

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  • Just listened to your chat with Roz Chast – wonderful! I’ve subscribed to The New Yorker for almost 30 years and it really is for the cartoons! I loved hearing her voice. I have been trying to curb my book purchases since I’m so far behind on my reading (and running out of shelves and flat surfaces to stack books on). Maybe her latest book goes on my birthday wishlist for the fall.

  • John M. Davis

    Wasn’t there a question of what happens to a water bug when you step on it? Unfortunately I can answer that question. I was walking barefooted across my living room when I heard a sound like the snapping of a stale bread stick. I look down and see a flat water bug with brown goo all around it. YUK!

  • Karie von fange

    I lived in Brooklyn for a year in Lefferts Garden neighborhood. I never saw a water bug, but we had cockroaches, mice, and a squirrel in our apartment at different times. I particularly remember turning on the bathroom faucet at one time, and two cockroaches coming out of nowhere scurrying around the bathtub. When the squirrel came into our apartment, my roommates boyfriend put on gloves and a hat, and was able to coerce it out of the kitchen window. Mice were just a regular occurrence, and I began to get used to them, especially since my roommate had an open compost sitting in the kitchen. Almost every time I turned on the light, mice went running under the stove and fridge. Amazing what you get used to… by the time I left Brooklyn, mice didn’t phase me at all!