Episode 313: Liana Finck, author of "Excuse Me" and "Passing for Human"

Liana Finck, a cartoonist and illustrator, contributes to The New Yorker and is the author of Excuse Me and Passing for Human.


"I was drawing since I was 10 months old. My mom had left this vibrant community of architects and art people to live in this idyllic country setting with my dad, and she poured all of her art feelings into me. She really praised me for being this baby genius, which I may or may not have been. But I grew up thinking I was an amazing artist. There weren’t any other artists around besides my mom, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to. There were no art classes around. … I was so shy, so I was just always drawing and making things."


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  1. @lianafinck

  2. Finck's archive at The New Yorker

  3. Finck on Instagram

  4. Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir (Random House • 2018)

  5. Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self (Random House • 2019)

  6. [10:00] "What I Miss: A List" (Catapult • Apr 2018)

  7. [40:00] Very Semi-Serious (The New Yorker • 2015)

  8. [50:00] "Dear Pepper: Airport Pickups, Where to Live, and Departed Dogs" (The New Yorker • Aug 2018)