“I grew up in Chicago long enough ago that Stud’s Terkel’s show was still a regular fixture in the Afternoon on WFMT. I get home from school one afternoon, probably around 1977 when I was a high school freshman and Studs is on and it’s a repeat of his famous interview with Lord Buckley. I was just transfixed and listened to the whole thing. I was never much of a poetry person, but I just loved everything about what Buckley was doing—the way he made it rhythmic and musical and of course his irreverence,
Eventually, with the word “hipster” and the work of contemporaneous illustrators floating around in my head, I started to think seriously about illustrating Buckley as both a fun project and a way of sharing my new style . Willie the Shake has long been among my favorite Buckley poems (of the ones I know, anyway) and it’s so visually evocative (except in a few places) that I decided to go for it.