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Portrait of this artist begins on city bus
The other day I met with cartoonist Daniel Clowes. We walked around the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which just opened a major new retrospective of his work. Clowes is thin and somber, with graying temples and the look of a stoic Midwestern farmhand. He is 52 and wore drab colors and a dark baseball cap and dark sneakers. He said: "You know, sometimes I wonder if I spent half of my childhood riding the Jeffery Express bus downtown from Hyde Park. I would get carsick, so I found myself staring upward and across, at the beaten down faces of our great Chicago." He laughed at his own melodramatic newsreel tone.
July 5, 2013