Studio 360

Portrait of the Artists

Frederic Tuten’s Zelig-like connection to New York, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite on creating Cathy, and the music of Helado Negro.

Frederic Tuten, Cathy Guisewite, and Helado Negro.
Frederic Tuten, Cathy Guisewite, and Helado Negro.
Courtesy of the author, Douglas Kirkland, and Anna Groth-Shive.

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At 82, the writer Frederic Tuten has published a memoir of his formative years in New York, My Young Life, and Kurt Andersen strolls the East Village with him as he reminisces. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite looks back at how some of her own struggles and insecurities inspired the Cathy comic strip, and how, while many women loved the strip, others thought it didn’t do enough to forward the cause of feminism. And Helado Negro performs songs from his new album, This Is How You Smile.

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