“From the Desk of Robert (Bob) Mankoff” is one newsletter that I have never contemplated unsubscribing from. Unlike other attempts to keep followers devoted & amused, this digital update, meticulously pieced together by The New Yorker’s cartoon editor and now featuring a “Cartoon Lounge” too, often (if not always) addresses topics with a characteristic twist. On October 18th, things seemed to get more pragmatic as Mr. Mankoff selected a well-known idiom - “like seeing a sausage getting made” - as his theme. Don’t laugh. It’s serious business! Witnessing the work-in-progress can make the end result much less appealing. Needless to add, meat by-products are not the only sufferers here.