2011-05-20 / Community

Wave Cartoonist Pens New Book

‘Got A Minute? Humorous Travel Tales And Tips’ by Robert Sarnoff
By Susan Hartenstein


One of the 85 drawings and paintings that accompany the vacation stories in “got a minute? humorous travel tales and tips,” the new book written and illustrated by Robert Sarnoff. One of the 85 drawings and paintings that accompany the vacation stories in “got a minute? humorous travel tales and tips,” the new book written and illustrated by Robert Sarnoff. This funny, quirky book filled with vacation stories, is punctuated throughout with on-location paintings, collages, pen and ink drawings by Robert Sarnoff. This is the travel companion you would welcome on your journeys – even if only to your backyard chaise lounge.

Rockaway artist/Wave editorial cartoonist/award winning filmmaker Robert Sarnoff has just published “got a minute? humorous travel tales and tips,” a book of some 85 images and accompanying short narrative commentaries on these experiences that have constituted a journal of the author/illustrator’s trips through foreign countries, other boroughs, Rockaway beach, airport waiting areas and other equally exotic and domestic locales. For him, a trip to a lower East Side diner is an adventurous opportunity to watch and record. The book is now available on Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and can be accessed on iPad. It is listed in the iBookstore. Hard copies will soon be available.


Author Robert Sarnoff Author Robert Sarnoff The introduction to “got a minute? humorous travel tales and tips” reads:

I guess it all started on The Champs Elysees in Paris.
My stomach suddenly quit and I found myself in every salle-de-bain
along the magnificent route.
I plopped myself down at an outdoor café and wrote:
“I’m too loose to trek.”
Since that day I’ve documented all my trips ... here, there, and everywhere… in one form (art) or another (notes).
Wish you were here.

For most of the years Sarnoff has traveled, he has been satisfying his “compulsion,” as he labels it, to record what he observes by drawing and painting in a variety of mediums, in a variety of sketchbooks that are his constant companions in his journeys. “There is a part of me that is a documentarian.” “I really do love to write and to observe people – the ‘human comedy.’ … Sometimes the sights themselves strike me as beautiful – the view from a terrace in Rome.” The author is very pleased with the quality of the images in the digital translations of his artwork and words. “The images are very intense and brilliant – like glossy paper with back lighting. The words are sharp and clear.” The last chapter, “You Got To Ring Them Bells (Right In Your Own Backyard),” highlights our very own Rockaway (what Sarnoff calls “a love letter to Rockaway”), including some fifteen wonderful paintings of our community.

Sarnoff’s iconic image, Ye Olde Jetty, a 2004 United States Postal Service matted print and cachet, is featured.

The bridges, the beach, the lifeguards, the people, the sunsets, all captured in affectionate and attractive imagery. “I’d like to prompt the readers to open their eyes to our surroundings and see the beauty here, sort of, wake up and smell the salt air.” Sarnoff is a great interview. Running through his conversation like an electric current, animating his voice, his body, his intellect are the same edgy humor, intriguingly astute observations, delicious theatricality, keen intimacy and passionate affection for the fellow players in that “human comedy” as are found in this book.

Readers will identify with these experiences. They will appreciate Sarnoff’s funny, quirky, insightful reactions to them, his thickly encrusted ‘sketchery.’ Anybody who has ever traveled to Boca, Florence or Jury Duty will appreciate this book. Whether you’ve ever dined on a cruise or frequented a favorite local eatery, you’ll have fun devouring these tales and tips.

The wonderful artwork, some 85 watercolors, sketches, collages, drawings, pen and ink renderings, color the traveler’s grand tour. This is a rich, thoroughly enjoyable virtual journey. No luggage, no cavity searches, no passports, visas, crying babies, inoculations, x-rays, no ”Rows 5-12,” no transfers or struggles with car seat rentals.

Just sit back, enjoy extra leg room and smile as you use your round trip ticket to frequent these destinations again and again.

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