All you need, if you're Jules Feiffer, is a sharp stick and an even sharper satirical eye. Before he became a Putlizer Prize winner, an Academy Award winner, and one of America's most beloved children's book illustrators, Feiffer was a very young, very angry
political cartoonist who found his style by drawing with pointed wooden dowels from the local meat market
.In his Big Think interview
, Feiffer remembers his renegade days at The Village Voice as a time of political indignation—
"liberals didn't understand that they had First Amendment rights," he says—
but also of enormous editorial freedom, of a kind that virtually no publication would permit today. Certainly Feiffer himself refused to be constrained by anyone: while "trying to overthrow the government" as a cartoonist, he developed side gigs
as a controversial playwright ("Carnal Knowledge") and a beloved children's book illustrator ("The Phantom Tollbooth").