An easy way to describe artist and writer Molly Crabapple’s work is to say it’s radical, political, courageous, and extremely powerful. There is a constant quest for truth and for adventure – however excruciating the circumstances may be – that can be traced through almost all of Molly’s life. To get a glimpse of this, we highly recommend reading her outstanding memoir, Drawing Blood, to start off with.
Molly is also the author of Brothers of the Gun, an illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham. Her reportage work has been published in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Vice, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, among many other publications. She got massive acclaim for her first project as a journalist sketching the frontlines of Occupy Wall Street. She then went on to cover (with her words and art) Lebanese snipers, labor struggles in Abu Dhabi, Guantanamo Bay, the US border, America prisoners, Greek refugee camps, and the ravages of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As an animator, she has worked on a new genre of live-illustrated explainer journalism, collaborating with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jay Z, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and The ACLU.
For this interview – our last of this year, based on the theme of ‘Resistance’ – we talked to Molly about the pandemic, New York, social media, new projects, and how she picks her battles. The interview was done over an audio chat in July 2021. Read on: https://thefloatingmagazine.com/people-molly-crabapple/
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