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‘Genius’ Cartoonist Takes on Restaurant History

It’s not every day that you meet a certified genius, but cartoonist Ben Katchor is one of the few such figures walking around New York today. He's a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and author of the Julius Knipl trilogy The Jew of New York and the opera The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, and his next book is The Dairy Restaurant. Though it features Tevye the Milkman, the book is not a tribute to the vegetarian Jewish restaurants of the old Lower East Side. “There’s stuff in it about dairy restaurants, but also about the whole history of Jewish restaurants,” Katchor tells us. “But I don’t know when it will be done. I’m only halfway through it now.”

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