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Everything is Its Own Reward: An All Over Coffee Collection

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Beginning with his hometown of San Francisco and traveling to cities such as Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, and Tokyo, Paul Madonna delivers his second body of drawings and writings. This stunning new collection, a testament to an artist and storyteller's careful observation of both the external and internal worlds, outdoes the masterful performance of his first book All Over

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by City Lights Publishers
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Eric
Jul 04, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-photography
Paul Madonna is my hero. In the face of naysayers who say that words, narrative, realism and craft have no place in contemporary art practice, Paul soldiers on and brilliantly so. Madonna's lush, evocative drawings coupled with honest, longing prose provide ink-washed spaces of existential reflection that feel all the more necessary in our hyper-connected culture. If we could all be so thoughtful (and disciplined!) in our creative practices...
Krzysztof
Mar 31, 2014 Krzysztof rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, 2014, reviewed, notebook
I've always had a thing for unpeopled urban landscapes and nameless gritty buildings. The stories I told as a kid focused on the atmospherics of some run-down structure in my run-down neighborhood, and Edward Hopper and Tales from the Crypt have never not mesmerized me.

I also enjoy getting a peek at someone's notebook, so this book jumped out at me in the library. What first stood out were the lists of daily activities, sentence fragments, and small epiphanies incorporated into highly rendered s
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Johanna
Aug 05, 2015 Johanna rated it really liked it
came for the drawing, stayed for the interstices.

the drawing is terrific, funny, tender and attentive, lively lines and sensitive sepia washes. madonna begins in thrall to architectural details (san francisco is a good town for him) and gradually opens up to the spaces between walls and hills. this is some of the most sculptural drawing i've seen.

the text juxtaposed over these drawings is uneven, sometimes interesting, often banally profound and "poignant." but here's the things: the cliches sl
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David Schwan
Dec 20, 2014 David Schwan rated it really liked it
Wonderful companion to the first book but unlike the first book has much more text accompanying the drawings. Not a quick read, much more a book where you read a few pages at a time. The author has gone beyond drawing of just San Francisco with some drawings from Europe and South America.
City Lights
Apr 30, 2012 City Lights rated it it was amazing
"In this exquisite second collection from his long-running weekly San Francisco Chronicle series All Over Coffee, Madonna captures snapshots in time as he explores the relationship between image and text . . . With pieces depicting San Francisco, New York, Barcelona, and Tokyo, Madonna's work is something to savor."
-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"In Everything is its Own Reward, Paul Madonna has not only pressed graphic fiction way beyond its present boundaries, he has created a new and st
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Paula Mckinley
Feb 21, 2014 Paula Mckinley rated it really liked it
This books successfully meets words and images that by themselves would stand alone as two entirely different subjects. However when paired together create a though provoking contrast. Beautifully illustrated and well written. I haven't seen anything like this before.
Peggy Thomson
Jan 19, 2016 Peggy Thomson rated it it was amazing
Beautiful pen and ink drawings, mostly in muted tones, mostly urban. Often unrelated stories, insights. Actually a compilation of comics from the San Francisco Chronicle. ...more
John
Sep 04, 2015 John rated it really liked it
love this art of the 'in between places' of San Francisco
Rebecca Schwarz
Jan 01, 2013 Rebecca Schwarz rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I dipped in and out of this one. The artwork is amazing if a little lonely - all architecture and landscapes with not a living thing to be found. I can accept that as a statement but this is a hefty book and the emptiness feels a little oppressive after a while. There are also handwritten vignettes, some work better than others. This is truly a good coffee table book, made for perusing not reading straight through.
Rick Jones
Jan 06, 2014 Rick Jones rated it it was amazing
Madonna's sketches of San Francisco are stunning AND simple, and paired with overheard dialogue, literary scraps and private musings make Everything is Its Own Reward is a beautiful labor of exploration.
Shannon
Dec 20, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This book reads like a love letter to the San Francisco that once was. The one I first came to almost 20 years ago. The beautiful drawings of SF buildings and streets will leave a longtime resident like myself trying to figure out exactly what building *that* one is, and then *that* other one too.
catherine
Nov 08, 2011 catherine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, sf
a collection of micro-stories and fine line drawings of public spaces and architectural element primarily in SF. not actually a graphic novel - there is no linear or coherent narrative - but does convey a stronger sense of place and character than most actual novels i've read. stunning work.
Maureen
May 31, 2011 Maureen rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
An interesting and beautiful tribute to time and place. Madonna's ink drawings of urban environments, hillsides, houses, and thousands and thousands of buildings are captivating. The text can be a little melodramatic, but never boring. A pretty quick and good read.
Hannah
Apr 19, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Beautifully rendered drawings of streets and cities paired with elliptical little stories that stick in your mind. Broken fences, telephone wires, and shadows shadows shadows. The book object is a gorgeous thing itself.
Steve
Oct 13, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
Wonderful art. Many poignant and thought-provoking remarks or (extremely short) stories. It's magic for a while, but the effect wears off after a while.
Barbara
Jun 04, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
A book of comic strips without the 'comic'. Wonderful architectural pen and ink drawings with ink washes, plus a story line.
Lizzy
Sep 06, 2011 Lizzy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Does the smell of the air today remind you of another time?

Rory
Apr 30, 2016 Rory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Love love love.
Claire
Jul 22, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: artsy
Gorgeous!
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Paul Madonna is the creator of the series All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-2015), and the author of two books, All Over Coffee (City Lights 2007), and Everything is its own reward (City Lights 2011), which won the 2011 NCBR Recognition Award for Best Book. His drawings and stories have appeared in numerous international books and journals, as well as galleries and museums, including t ...more
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