"Gutsy, gossipy, and gorgeous, this book tells tales out of school and perfectly channels it all."

-Washington Post

"Her tale of surviving 3 hours alone with Nixon is worth the book's price."

-History Wire


Award-winning 30-year Times art director Jerelle Kraus quit her dream job to write this book. It boasts such artists as (alphabetically) Milton Glaser, Edward Gorey, David Levine, Larry Rivers,  Jean-Jacques Sempé, Maurice Sendak, Art Spiegelman, Saul Steinberg, Garry Trudeau & Andy Warhol.

 A killed image of Kissinger tattooed with his war crimes, an innocent thermometer in snowflakes that encountered condemnation (“It's an ejaculation!”), and many more never-before-published works censored by panicky New York Times editors as “politically incorrect,” “blasphemous,” or “sexually over the line.” These gems & the priceless tales of their rejection are revealed in All the Art That’s Fit To Print (& Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page (Columbia University Press, 2012).


Frank and sassy, this provocative, book—with a foreword by famed Hunter S. Thompson artist Ralph Steadman—stretches from Nixon to Obama and is the only publication to treat the groundbreaking phenomenon of Op-Ed. By launching the world’s first reader-written newspaper page in 1970, The Times transformed global journalism and prefigured the Internet’s blogosphere by more than a quarter century.


Not only did Op-Ed’s non-staff bylines shatter tradition; its pictures were revolutionary. Unlike anything ever seen in a newspaper, Times Op-Ed art scored an entire exhibition in the Louvre. Kraus, whose tenure on the volatile page far exceeds that of any editor or art director, unveils an insider’s riveting, whistle-blowing, intimate account of decision-making at the canonical newspaper of record.


Columbia Journalism Review Article:

All the Art That's Fit to Print

(And Some That Wasn't)


 Behind-the-Scenes Anecdotes

  • Why artist Saul Steinberg hated the Times
  • Why Howell Raines stopped the presses to kill a feature by Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau
  • Why anti-death penalty Times reporter Syd Schanburg—his story’s told in the movie The Killing Fields—would go anywhere to see Kissinger hanged
  • Why Kraus survived two and a half hours alone with Richard Nixon, a tale that History Wire says is “worth the price of the book.”
Maurice Sendak
Cathy Hull


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