Lovely little book - about reading, and readers, and connection.
>>>""A town isn't a town without a bookstore." Surely, they must have read AmLovely little book - about reading, and readers, and connection.
>>>""A town isn't a town without a bookstore." Surely, they must have read American Gods by Neil Gaiman."
>>>"Why is any one book different from any other book? They are different, because they are. We have to look inside so many. We have to believe. We agree to be disappointed sometimes so that we can be exhilarated every now and again."
>>>"When she told me it was her favorite, it suggested to me strange and wonderful things about her character that I had not guessed, dark places that I might like to visit. People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?"
>>>"What we talk about when we talk about love...and what is not love. A question I've thought about a great deal is why it is so much easier to write about the things we dislike/hate/acknowledge-to-be-flawed than the things we love."
>>>"It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us. But, it is only because we are isolated that we think we are unlovable. Someday, you do not know when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen to not be alone."
>>>"I hate Moby Dick. And I don't say that about many things. Teachers assign it, and parents are happy because their kids are reading something of 'quality.' But, it's forcing kids to read books like that that make them think they hate reading."
>>>"Only one word to explain...We are what we love. We are that we love...We aren't the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on."
>>>"He feels a vaguely familiar, slightly intolerable bubbling inside of him. He wants to laugh out loud or punch a wall. He feels drunk or at least carbonated. Insane. At first, he thinks this is happiness, but then he determines it's love. Fucking love, he thinks. What a bother. It's completely gotten in the way of his plan to drink himself to death, to drive his business to ruin. The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing, he finds he has to start giving a shit about everything."
>>>"Methinks I have grown soft in my middle age. But me-also-things my latter-day reaction speaks to the necessity of encountering stories at precisely the right time in our lives. Remember: the things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty, and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life."
>>>"It is so simple, he thinks. He wants to say, I have figured it all out. But his brain won't let him. The words you can't find, you borrow. We read to know we're not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone. My life is in these books, he wants to tell her. Read these and know my heart. We are not quite novels. The analogy he is looking for is almost there. We are not quite short stories. At this point, his life is seeming closest to that. In the end, we are collected works....more
I haven't read any recent Marvel comics (or DC for that matter). So, I decided to give one of their new titles/characters a try.
This was the premiseI haven't read any recent Marvel comics (or DC for that matter). So, I decided to give one of their new titles/characters a try.
This was the premise for Silk #8. No joke: "Cindy Moon (Silk), Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), and Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 (also Spider-Woman) recently discovered that the Cindy of Gwen's universe is a megalomaniacal mad scientist. She trapped them on Earth-65, traveled to their home universe and framed the real Silk for a series of tech robberies. Cindy and Gwen tracked her to Parker Industries, where she tried to recruit them by offering Cindy a chance to live with the Earth-65 version of her family and Gwen a chance to life without spider-powers. They refused, and in the ensuing brawl Cindy-65 sapped Gwen's abilities and pummeled Silk using her stolen tech! This couldn't have come at a worse time for our Cindy. The pressure of working as a mole for SHIELD in Black Cat's gang has been building, and it looks like something is going to give."
(1) None of this is related to, alluded to, prefaced by, or hinted at in Silk #1-7. I read the previous issues, with the basic understanding that there would be events/history that I wasn't aware of - since I'd taken a break from Marvel Universe for so long. However, hoping (and for the most part actualizing) an enjoyment of story, even without a complete encyclopedic knowledge. But, from 7 to 8? Oy. After reading that paragraph, I shut 8 and put it away. No continuity, no flow.
(2) Marvel (and DC) are in the business of selling comic books. They make money through art. I'm cool with that - I benefit by getting to enjoy said art. However, I despise when that focus crumbles the art-foundation. I don't want to attempt to find a bunch of random issues, of varied Titles (each with their own incumbent backstories and crossovers), in order to try to piece together a cohesive story. I hate cardboard-puzzles...so, I certainly am going to hate ephemeral issue puzzles.
(3) I understand that Spiderman is continually popular - not my fave - but, its true. His origin story has been retold repeatedly. You don't ever need to follow him with any continuity, because, Marvel will just reboot him, and start again. And the new iteration will be essentially the same.
That said, Silk seemed like it might be just enough of a variance to lend itself to good storytelling. A female (which has been done, but it's always good to see more women in comics). The first 7 issues gave enough backstory to tease curiosity, and enough mystery to draw that curiosity out. Similar to traditional Spiderman enough to highlight some key variance. Any story-tension built, was demolished with disregard.
(4) Alternate realities. Multiverse. Time-travel. All can be, and have been, used in excellent stories (most recently? Black Science. That's brilliant). That said: it is overused as a lame gimmick. I don't want to, and didn't, read this issue #8 (or anything after, or related)...because this schtick is so off-putting. Blech.
Ugh. Enough whining from me. Too late to keep this brief. I'll sum up by saying, after this brief attempt to explore a new title...I'm out. With that, I'm leaving the Marvel'verse, and finding something compelling to read - probably Image Comics. ...more
There is a new Sheriff in town. That's the setup for a good Western - add in that She's a single mom, in a small dusty town, on a distant planet, withThere is a new Sheriff in town. That's the setup for a good Western - add in that She's a single mom, in a small dusty town, on a distant planet, with a mysterious past, hillbilly aliens, the ubiquitous local tycoon, with a massacre to solve. And, yep that's the setup for a good Space Western....more