It *is* funny with Samuel L. Jackson reading it, mainly because he's such a great actor that he can turn even the worst script (Snakes on a Plane?) inIt *is* funny with Samuel L. Jackson reading it, mainly because he's such a great actor that he can turn even the worst script (Snakes on a Plane?) into something watchable; but otherwise, eh. Best thing was seeing the kid's mom crashed out on the sofa, getting some presumably well-earned sleep while the narrator went off to do his share of the parenting.
I think I would have liked it more if the text had been cleverer or more Seussian instead of one long repetitive whine that didn't acknowledge any of the kid's mom's share of the work at all. She's just an object to sprawl on the couch and eat popcorn with (hello, euphemism). Why is it ALL about YOU, Narrator!Guy? Why not tell the kid, "Mommy had a very hard day at the office today, so I need you to help her out and go to sleep fast tonight, okay? Can you help Mommy out?" Then I might've cared when the brat said no and threw a tantrum and Samuel L. Jackson came down with the Voice and said, "Oh, HELL no. Child, even if I have to lock you in this damned room, you are GOING the fuck to SLEEP."
*sigh* I am so not the target audience for this stuff. The art was pretty good, though....more
**spoiler alert** Awesome. This hit home for me in a lot of ways -- not in the omg, that's my life way, but there's a ton of things that resonated for**spoiler alert** Awesome. This hit home for me in a lot of ways -- not in the omg, that's my life way, but there's a ton of things that resonated for me emotionally. Also, I find memoirs of women who are a little older than me are so interesting because of the different perspectives and influences from the same events. Or maybe I'm looking for the big sister I never had, I don't know.
My rating is less rational than sheer joy and YES at the book. I could probably talk myself into a critique of the last couple of pages, but I don't want to. I'm comfortable with my joy.
There are obvious parallels with Persepolis (I) by Marjane Satrapi, and I don't know which came first, but Fun Home worked better for me because I have more in common with Bechdel's rural upbringing. Call it a city mouse/country mouse thing if you will. It's a fundamental cultural outlook, I guess, i.e. even if you do move to the city and become a cosmopolitan intellectual, it's different from being raised by them.
Also, I was reminded of so many books and so many writers in the course of reading (yay excerpts!) whom I read and loved years ago (Collette!) and had since forgotten. I love rediscovering lost loves. :)
Note: I have read very little of Dykes to Watch Out For and then only in passing over the years rather than doing the whole archive in order. I should probably put that on my list....more
Beautiful Caldecott winning children's book about William Carlos Williams' life and poetry. Some of the art is really stunning. Best for kids old enouBeautiful Caldecott winning children's book about William Carlos Williams' life and poetry. Some of the art is really stunning. Best for kids old enough to examine all the parts of a page, as the pages have a lot of linear and nonlinear content. The only wish I have is that it were a few pages longer....more