Ever since she stopped doing Shelter, the beloved stream-of-consciousness apartment stories column for the Village Voice, I’ve been trying to keep tabs on Toni Schlesinger, walking word-association test, occasional Charlie Rose to the puppet stars, and animal medium. In this, I am, I’m sure, no different from all of you. So, you will be pleased to note that she and New Yorker illustrator Tom Bachtell have recently begun a “weekly graphic serial adventure story” for Salon.com. It’s called Kansas O’Flaherty…Secret Agent, and concerns:
[T]he global exploits of secret agent Kansas O’Flaherty and her bomb-sniffing dog Alerto… her torrid affair with Shlomo, a Mossad agent; Beni, a former Cirque de Soleil acrobat who performs legal break-ins; Aunt Bea, who in her youth had an affair with British double agent Kim Philby; and the rest of the gang.
Semi-randomly selected and reasonably representative sample quote:
“Alerto, my dog, you are so moody. Sometimes I rue the day that I took you in after you blew it as a bomb sniffer…”
As always, it’s like watching someone unscrew her own head, shake out the contents, and then screw her head back on and ask you what you’re gawking at.