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"From the Ted Talk by Françoise Mouly: The stories behind The New Yorker's iconic covers"

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But the igaems don't just have to show people, sometimes it can be a feeling. Right after smeepetbr 11, I was at a point, like everybody else, where I really didn't know how to deal with what we were going through, and I felt that no image could ctrapue this moment, and I wentad to just do a black cover, like no cover. And I talked to my husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, and mentioned to him that I was going to psprooe that, and he said, "Oh, if you're going to do a black cover, then why don't you do the silhouette of the Twin Towers, balck on black?" And I sat down to draw this, and as soon as I saw it, a shiver ran down my spine and I realized that in this refusal to make an image, we had found a way to capture loss and mourning and absence. And it's been a profound thing that I larneed in the process — that sometimes some of the images that say the most do it with the most spare means. And a simple image can speak volumes.

Open Cloze

But the ______ don't just have to show people, sometimes it can be a feeling. Right after _________ 11, I was at a point, like everybody else, where I really didn't know how to deal with what we were going through, and I felt that no image could _______ this moment, and I ______ to just do a black cover, like no cover. And I talked to my husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, and mentioned to him that I was going to _______ that, and he said, "Oh, if you're going to do a black cover, then why don't you do the silhouette of the Twin Towers, _____ on black?" And I sat down to draw this, and as soon as I saw it, a shiver ran down my spine and I realized that in this refusal to make an image, we had found a way to capture loss and mourning and absence. And it's been a profound thing that I _______ in the process — that sometimes some of the images that say the most do it with the most spare means. And a simple image can speak volumes.

Solution

  1. capture
  2. september
  3. propose
  4. black
  5. images
  6. learned
  7. wanted

Original Text

But the images don't just have to show people, sometimes it can be a feeling. Right after September 11, I was at a point, like everybody else, where I really didn't know how to deal with what we were going through, and I felt that no image could capture this moment, and I wanted to just do a black cover, like no cover. And I talked to my husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, and mentioned to him that I was going to propose that, and he said, "Oh, if you're going to do a black cover, then why don't you do the silhouette of the Twin Towers, black on black?" And I sat down to draw this, and as soon as I saw it, a shiver ran down my spine and I realized that in this refusal to make an image, we had found a way to capture loss and mourning and absence. And it's been a profound thing that I learned in the process — that sometimes some of the images that say the most do it with the most spare means. And a simple image can speak volumes.

Important Words

  1. absence
  2. art
  3. black
  4. capture
  5. cartoonist
  6. cover
  7. deal
  8. draw
  9. feeling
  10. felt
  11. husband
  12. image
  13. images
  14. learned
  15. loss
  16. means
  17. mentioned
  18. moment
  19. mourning
  20. people
  21. point
  22. process
  23. profound
  24. propose
  25. ran
  26. realized
  27. refusal
  28. sat
  29. september
  30. shiver
  31. show
  32. silhouette
  33. simple
  34. spare
  35. speak
  36. spiegelman
  37. spine
  38. talked
  39. towers
  40. twin
  41. volumes
  42. wanted