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Louis in the Sky with Diamonds: LOU and LSD

A flagpole penis. A shrink’s couch in a pocket. A haloed spider. Did LSD lead Lou Hirshman to abandon caricaturizing the famous? Was his second period a psychedelic trip? Did he make high art or “high” art? In this  FICTIONAL, TONGUE-IN-CHEEK  story, Hirshman swims with dolphins to the other side of the other ocean.

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OF GROUCHO, THE HUMERUS AND A PENIS

In this second Posthumous Interview, more than 30 years after Lou Hirshman’s death, the irreverent comedian Groucho Marx – the subject of one of Hirshman’s finest pieces parodying one of filmdom’s funniest entertainers – comes to life as he banters his way through the artist’s take on humor. Groucho’s quirky quips meet Hirshman’s witty art. […]

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THE SLAPPING BALLERINA WHO WASN’T HITLER

INTRO: In 1938 when Catherine Littlefield, the force behind the Philadelphia Ballet, got wind that Lou Hirshman had done her in an unflattering caricature, she hunted him down, tore up the sketch and gave him a resounding slap. She also gave the press something to write about. The star of the show? Hirshman’s sore cheek. […]

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