“Hell Is Other People’s Luggage” – The New Yorker, 16 April 2012

by kthaskell


“When the subject of travel comes up,” this week’s cover artist, Bruce McCall, says, “for some reason my mind always turns to the dark side of it, to the annoyances of travel.” We asked him to elaborate: “When you board a plane, you see people shoving their life’s possessions into a bin overhead. It’s like watching a snake swallow a cow, you know. It’s just amazing what they can stick in those things. But anyway, that just popped into my mind immediately, and the more I thought about it the madder I got. I put a car in there, and then I put in everything I could think of, like a little kid carrying a Ming Vase. There’s nothing good about travelling anymore—if you’re in first class it’s all very nice, but anything else is just horrible. By the time you get home you’re mad at everybody.”