Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ring Thieves Cut Off Hands of Taxi Passengers in NYC

Françoise Mouly, currently a book publisher and the art editor of the New Yorker, in 1974 left Paris for the U.S. as a teenager on her own.

Jeet Heer, In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2013), pp. 25-6.

‘Before I left, my mother said to be really careful when I took a cab because in New York,  because when a cab stops at a red light, bandits open the door and cut off your hands with a machete to steal your rings.’ Mouly laughs about it now – both at the fear-mongering image and at the notion that she could afford a cab anyway.