The Dairy Restau­rant, by Ben Katchor, avail­able here

From the Book: THE DAIRY RESTAU­RANT by Ben Katchor Copy­right © 2020 by Ben Katchor Pub­lished by arrange­ment with Schock­en Books, an imprint of The Knopf Dou­ble­day Pub­lish­ing Group, a divi­sion of Pen­guin Ran­dom House LLC.

Ben Katchor’s pic­ture-sto­ries have been col­lect­ed in a num­ber of books: Cheap Nov­el­ties, The Plea­sures of Urban DecayJulius Kni­pl, Real Estate Pho­tog­ra­ph­er: Sto­ries; The Card­board Valise; The Jew of New York, Hand-Dry­ing in Amer­i­ca and oth­er sto­ries and The Dairy Restau­rant.  He’s col­lab­o­rat­ed with com­pos­er Mark Mulc­ahy on six music-the­ater shows, most recent­ly The Imag­i­nary War Crimes Tri­bunal (2014). He was the recip­i­ent of a MacArthur Foun­da­tion Fel­low­ship, a Guggen­heim Fel­low­ship and a fel­low­ship at the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my in Berlin. He is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at Par­sons School of Design — The New School in New York City.

Inter­view with Eddy Portnoy