illustration

slate: the problem with question 36

a newly minted american writes about her experiences with the U.S. citizenship test and its many glaring errors, omissions and inaccuracies. at least bureaucratic nightmares can be entertaining:

I was asked Question 8: What did the Declaration of Independence do?

Heeding my lawyer’s advice, I went with the official answer: “declared our independence.”

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slate: the problem with question 36, by dafna linzer

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information, photos, sketchbook

sweet dreams, little green sketchbook.

normally i don’t much like sketchbooks that last too long as it tends to mean they became too precious, and this lil’ guy lasted a year and a half (that’s a long time in eben sketchbook years). there’s some good stuff in the front and back, and really, part of its longevity is due to just being plain old forgotten in the middle of last year. so little green sketchbook, join your comrades, i’ll flip back through you someday.

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slate: rise of the female breadwinner

slate looks at couples where the woman outearns the man. the article arrived to me titled breadwinnerwives.doc, and to a literalist such as myself, let’s just say i had a pretty good idea where this was going. to my great amusement, the illustration inspired the headline on the homepage, the rise of the female breadwinner.
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slate: she makes more money than he does. so? By hanna rosin

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slate: slapstick in the skies

slate looks at the FAA’s slipshod recording of air traffic reported incidents. originally the article came to me as a piece about mid-air near collisions, but it turned into focusing on the difficulties in gathering air traffic data.

since the illustration was done prior to the completion of the story, i feel i owe air traffic controllers an apology for making them look like slackers. that said, i like how it turned out and that i got to draw laguardia’s beautiful air traffic control tower, building 88 (which i have learned from this gq article, is a piece of junk on the inside. consider me not surprised).
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slate: slapstick in the skies, by timothy noah

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