I think I should read a more recent edition if there is one. There's something off about this book. The first poem though, was very nice. But the follI think I should read a more recent edition if there is one. There's something off about this book. The first poem though, was very nice. But the following essays don't really seem to say anything. I'm not learning anything or thinking about what is written....more
I have no doubt that some newscasts are biased in certain directions - and no, I'm not just talking about Murdoch. However, if you are writing a bookI have no doubt that some newscasts are biased in certain directions - and no, I'm not just talking about Murdoch. However, if you are writing a book about news bias, you shouldn't be using loaded language to describe people who disagree with you and who do the reporting. Sorry....more
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro might the best historical writer around who doesn’t get the props she deserves because her historiDisclaimer: Arc via Netgalley.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro might the best historical writer around who doesn’t get the props she deserves because her historical fictional has a supernatural twist to. There’s her Count St. Germain series, whose title character is a vampire, though the series emphasis is always on the time period. There’s the one about the nuns and the devil. The one about the werewolf Spanish prince.
This book concerns a news reporter Poppy after WW I. She is trying to follow in her father’s footsteps, which is somewhat difficult because, let’s be frank, there are certain views about the female gender at this time. Poppy’s bucking of tradition does get ground work not only by her father’s being a reporter, but also because her aunt is a woman who bucks tradition. It’s telling that this character that is never really on stage is such a powerful force.
Poppy is the best thing going for this book. Her reporting of a murder is aided by a ghost, and while her acceptance of such a state of affairs might be too quick, the interaction between these Miss Holmes and Mr. Watson is enjoyable reading.
The mystery itself is functional if not all that mysterious – the real charm of the book being Poppy herself. In some ways, the book would have been better if Poppy hadn’t been surrounded and added by so many men. It sounds strange, I know, especially considering the time period, but the book falls into that Poppy is the only truly good woman at times chapter. Even her closest friend isn’t supportive. The only woman who doesn't fit this pattern is her aunt with whom she lives, but that is more of an older/younger relationship. While the time period might constrict on this somewhat, there are other (two) female reporters mentioned in passing. Would it have been so hard to have Poppy have tea with them for advice or aid at one point?
And seriously, as someone from Philadelphia, I am insulted that Tony Auth was not listed.
Would have beYou think this would have been more interesting.
And seriously, as someone from Philadelphia, I am insulted that Tony Auth was not listed.
Would have been more interesting if the author had put far less of himself in this book. While the individual sections on cartoonists were somewhat interesting, they were not really detailed. You actually learn more about the author than anything else....more
I requested this ARC largely due to seeing Shirin Neshat’s exhibit “Facing History” at the Hirshhorn Gallery in WashingDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
I requested this ARC largely due to seeing Shirin Neshat’s exhibit “Facing History” at the Hirshhorn Gallery in Washington, DC. I hadn’t heard of her before, and that was due more to my ignorance of Modern Art. The exhibit comprised photography – reflecting the Arab Spring, Green Movement as well as the Shanameh- and short films. My favorite piece was the short film “Turbulent”, but everything was just wow. The exhibit was well done because there was a wealth of material explaining the context of the pieces, and the Hirshhorn went one step further and had a smaller exhibit showcasing Persian work and history that Neshat draws on.
So she’s the reason I requested this book.
The Little Red Fish is a history of the Iranian Revolution told in graphic novel format via a story of fish being terrorized by herons.
In short, it is in the tradition of Watership Down and the Duncton Wood books.
This volume (1 of 6 I believe) does end on a cliffhanger, so you are warned.
Khodabandeh’s artwork is absolutely stunning. While it is difficult to put a name to each fish, the fish are drawn differently in subtle ways. They are a school of fish, but like many schools you can see the subtle difference. Khodabandeh’s portrayal of a crowd is one of the best I’ve seen in comics.
Moffitt’s writing is not heavy handed, and so you know that the fish are more than just fish, the birds are more than just birds. In this way, to provides an excellent starting point or spark of interest for more information about the Iranian Revolution.
The work did remind me of Neshat’s in the use of both symbol and writing. It is a lovely graphic novel, and I can’t wait until volume two. ...more
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley, courtesy of Open Road Media. This book is not going to be to everyone’s tastes. It is part fiction, part3.5 rounded up
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley, courtesy of Open Road Media. This book is not going to be to everyone’s tastes. It is part fiction, part fact, part essay, part poem. Griffin’s style, at least in this volume, reminds one of Eduardo Galeano’s style when writing about the discovery of the Americas. It is almost episodic, but no less powerful for that. The book links women to nature, drawing upon what various philosophers, rulers, and historian wrote or said. Of course, the majority of these writers are men. Griffin, however, takes it further; she compares the domestication of nature to the role of women. One of the most powerful sequences is about horses and dressage. It’s an interesting concept. While the casual reader might think that Griffin makes up most of her information, this is far from the case. The book also includes notes, which can be quickly adapted into a further reading list. While Griffin’s book didn’t teach me anything new about women in history, her writing is powerful and compelling. ...more
Okay as a source reader - though some subjects are covered too briefly. I just don't think it would make a good composition reader, which was why it wOkay as a source reader - though some subjects are covered too briefly. I just don't think it would make a good composition reader, which was why it was sent to me....more
While Nissenbaum’s title refers to a street that is home to both Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem, the title does describe Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
While Nissenbaum’s title refers to a street that is home to both Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem, the title does describe any street really. A street cuts though; it separates two blocks or two sides from each. True, it usually isn’t a huge separation, and one that is easily solved by crossing the street. In most cities, you can even hear the noise from the residents across the street. A street by its nature is at once a way of transportation, a way of bringing together, and a way of separating.
Nissenbaum’s street is in a neighborhood of Jerusalem, it is a border street, the flashpoint as it were, and yet it is also a street where Christians, Jews, and Muslims co-existed with various degrees of success. This street is, today, called Assael Street, though it existed far back in history and religion. It is a street where Nissenbaum himself lived.
The history of the area is traced first, and there is the story of the lost denatures which raises all types of questions – you can save teeth. Then, Nissenbaum chronicles the views and lives of various residents, both Muslim and Jewish. It is to Nissenbaum’s credit that he does such an even-handed job in depicting the various conflicts that occur on the street. There is a story about writing/painting on a wall, and Nissenbaum’s reporting of this conflict between a Muslim family and the Jewish woman whose wall was painted on, not only capture two different cultures but also different ways to look at what should have been done. In other words, Nissenbaum doesn’t take sides.
This is true even when the case isn’t simply one of Muslim vs. Jew. There is a chapter that describes a Jewish family that moved into the neighborhood. When the daughter reaches her teen years and draws unwanted attention from the young Muslim boys in the neighborhood. The interesting thing is reading the interaction of the parents. The father thinks it is boys being boys; the mother is upset, not so much because of who the boys are, but because of what they are doing. She objects to the cat-calling, and when she talks about culture in this context, she seems to be referring to modern day versus back then. It’s a wonderful use of reporting because it captures the discussion about catcalling, one that occurs in a great many places, as well as division between men and women in how it is viewed.
And perhaps that is the point.
Nissenbaum looks at the impact of Israel on its Arab citizens, on how Jews combat various isms, and how Muslims do. He looks at the conflict over land. But at the heart of this book is how alike everyone is, whether or not they know it. How, regardless of the family, fathers and son view things differently, the “war” between eh genders, the need to put friendship first. In many ways, the book appeals to the humanity of people – like the story of the denatures that starts the book. Perhaps, there is hope after all if we use the street differently. ...more
Disclaimer: Eudora Publishing, which publishes this book, offered or directed me to a free copy of this book via iTunes, when I started following themDisclaimer: Eudora Publishing, which publishes this book, offered or directed me to a free copy of this book via iTunes, when I started following them on Pinterest. (It seemed to have been free on iTunes in general, but I’m not sure). The company just sent me a link to the free copy without request a review or anything. Thank you Eudora publishing.
The works in this book are called photopoems. It’s okay, I wasn’t really sure either. Apparently, it means photographs with poems on them in a variety of ways, so a combination of the two. If you are thinking straightforward photography, you are going to be disappointed; it you are thinking straightforward poetry, you will also be disappointed.
While I found the majority of the photography to be wonderful, I felt some of the poems to be a little lacking. Please, bear in mind that poetry is largely a matter of taste. In some cases, the beauty is how the poem is rendered on the photo.
Yet, there is some wonderful humor and beauty. For instance, there is this poem, “Genesis/of a/date/with wine” (13), which accompanies a shot of a grape in a glass. Or the poem “Ocean/Canyon Ambush” and it’s picture – it will bring a smile to your face. There is an absolutely beautiful one about an ant and a rose. In fact, there are several beautiful shots of insects, mostly butterflies, and flowers. There is a very sweet photopoem about Chicago architecture and bees. There is one of room that will bring to mind PBS. My favorite however is “Gardens of Enjambment”.
Overall, this was actually a very lovely book....more
The essay about Barbie was very interesting as were the ones about Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order SVU, and Star Trek. A little dateThe essay about Barbie was very interesting as were the ones about Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Law & Order SVU, and Star Trek. A little dated, but this is not the current edition of the book....more