Lot 33: R. Crumb Letter with "Bernie" Cat Drawing.
12 November 2016
Troy, VA, USALive Auction
Description: Letter to Eddington with an ink drawing "Bernie Sitting on my Chest and Pawing My Face to Get My Attention". Drawing dated August '01 and letter dated Sep. 1st, '01. 9 3/4" x 6". Alternate spellings: R. Crumb. The letter reads: Mr. Eddington: I have before me EIGHT letters from you, dating from March of this year to August, in which, among other things, you mock me to China about doing a cat drawing. Well, Well, Here it is, Sir! I finally found myself clear to do this for you... I had it in mind for a long time... Our smart, strange little cat Bernie, who speaks with his eyes. The little punk can be very demanding, but is also extremely affectionate. SO, YA HAPPY??! Thanks for all the various things you've sent - books and I don't even remember what all, but I wore the Fred Astaire neck tie to a performance of The Cheap Suit Serenaders and showed it off to some people who were probably impressed. That portfolio of musician pictures that I made, along with other various silk-screen prints, are all sold out... They are made by a guy in Madison, Wisconsin, Alex Wood, who has a silk screen printing business called Wildwood Productions. The 78 RPM records I made with The Cheap Suit Serenanders (3 altogether) are also all long gone... I didn't care for the Nick Hornsby books - tried to read 'em but they failed to hold my interest. I passed them on to some American friends here who I though might like that sort of writing better than me. Thanks for the "Copulatin' Blues" - in fact, I already have all the original recordings of the tunes I like on that reissue, on 78! I'm a hard guy to please, huh? How do you know Wood Allen liked the World Musette Record?? Did you read that someplace? What was the context? I know that he likes old music, and I saw the documentary about his band by Barbara Koppit, Terry Zwigoff, who made the "Crumb" documentary, was offered the chance to make that documentary but turned it down after talking to Woody's producer, Jean Dumainian, who told him flat out that he could not have final editorial control. He couldn't abide that. Barbara Koppit took the job & the money, the film became a "puff piece" uncritical, and ultimately, not very interesting. Have you heard about Terry Zwigoff's latest film, "Ghost World"? Go see it if you get the opportunity and let me know what you think. That's all for now. -- R.C.