Worn Stories proved to be a mixed bag of tricks. Edited by Emily Spivack, the slim volume contains a picture of a piece of clothing accompanied by a pWorn Stories proved to be a mixed bag of tricks. Edited by Emily Spivack, the slim volume contains a picture of a piece of clothing accompanied by a page or two of writing by the person to whom the article of clothing belongs to. In the write up, the owner of the piece of clothing talks about the meaning the specific piece of clothing has or had for him/her. There are some pieces in this volume that are poignant, especially those pieces that recount how the clothing is their connection to a parent or anyone who is no longer in the world. There are other pieces that are just plain funny – I remember the one about the lady whose boss buys her a dress to wear to a fancy dinner and in which she has nothing but bad luck. And then there are those pieces that seem more an extension of the person’s ego than an actual reflection of the meaning of importance a particular piece of clothing or accessory has for the person, for example, Tito.
Spivack includes in the collection people from all works of life though with a necessary bias towards people who work or used to work in the entertainment industry. The concept is interesting and asks questions such as how much of a person’s identity comes from the clothes we wear. The book, perhaps unintentionally, also takes a look at how people interact with things, aka the thing theory about which I know very little about but my friend Yash has done her thesis on it and I have heard enough to be interested in it. Anyway, convoluted sentence.
Do I recommend this to you? I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping to but it did provide some comic relief at certain points and it did make me think at others. So yes, check this out but I would library it rather than purchase it....more
Pascal Girard’s Petty Theft, I have been told, is a somewhat fictional memoir of the author’s own experiences with the thief who stole his book from a
Pascal Girard’s Petty Theft, I have been told, is a somewhat fictional memoir of the author’s own experiences with the thief who stole his book from a bookstore. The graphic novel focuses on the period in the author’s life when he has just broken up with a long-time girlfriend and is staying at a friend’s place while he makes up his mind about the direction he wants his life to move in.
Both the art and the self-deprecating tone makes the novel accessible – sort of liking hearing a close friend tell his story. The main character’s life is in limbo and the novel takes an interesting look at what it means to pick up the pieces of your life after you emerge from a relationship. There is no tragedy here; no crying and no regrets. Just this feeling of loss and a need to get reacquainted with yourself as a singular person.
I found the thief to be amusing and her justification for her theft interesting and realistic. There certainly are people who steal with the same reasoning as hers. The ending, too, is deliciously ambiguous and open suggesting that though the book is over, the story certainly isn’t. Though I do not have too much to say about this novel in terms of analysis, I think it is an interesting story and recommend it. ...more
See, I never had this problem. I never gave the teacher absurd reasons for not doing my homework or try to excuse my lack of academic achievement by mSee, I never had this problem. I never gave the teacher absurd reasons for not doing my homework or try to excuse my lack of academic achievement by mentioning alien abductions. My mom was a teacher and when you are a teacher’s kid, you invariably do your homework. Whether you want to or not. I liked school so I mostly wanted to. Except math but that’s a dirty word and I will not mention it henceforth.
This little prettily packaged volume gives the desperate underachiever a variety of reasons to offer his teacher for not doing his homework. Admittedly, the reasons are mostly absurd and not very useful in that regard (there really should be a volume that gives legitimate excuses that can be used in these cases; maybe I’ll write one myself someday) but the illustrations are bright and the one fun.
The ending, though, makes me raise my eyebrows because it doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of the book and there is a definite sense of the adult there that I found jarring and unwelcome. Other than that, I liked this....more
This book is so lovely and an excellent way to get the discussion started on diversity. And not just diversity but to create an awareness in the childThis book is so lovely and an excellent way to get the discussion started on diversity. And not just diversity but to create an awareness in the child of their own position in this world. We oftentimes think that wherever we are is the center of the world – this may be more true for North Americans than anyone else because we feel like the world is this continent and life occurs here. We do not realize that life is occurring in brilliant, diverse ways simultaneously around the world. This book reminds us of that.
The art is out of this world and while the premise is quite simple (a collection of the same moment, notwithstanding the time difference, from around the world), the execution introduces the necessary complexity to the volume. The art is lush and colourful and careful in its expression of POC. The map at the end of the book is also a brilliant idea as the parent reading to the child can flip to the back and point out the place illustrated on the map.
I heartily recommend this title to everyone. The art, the unconventional length of the book but mostly the art all set it apart and make it something worth keeping....more
Dear Readers, meet my favourite book of 2014 so far. This non-assuming book that gives no indication that it contains such a magnificent story took meDear Readers, meet my favourite book of 2014 so far. This non-assuming book that gives no indication that it contains such a magnificent story took me completely by surprise. In a good way. I expected something good, something funny and witty, something that would make me happy but nothing that would linger with me, nothing that would make me crow with delight and announce to all and sundry that this is what good books are about. This little novel transcends its genre limitations and, in my opinion, carves itself a place as a well-loved, long-loved story.
And the way it does this is deceptively simple.
Over at The Book Wars, we’ve been discussing picturebooks in earnest, particularly, the duality it offers to readers. By duality, I mean, it speaks to both adult reader and the child reader. The ACB of Honora Lee accomplishes this feat quite easily.
As an adult reading children’s literature, there are times when I read something in a book that the younger reader probably will not catch or understand. In Honora Lee, I believe that the main character is autistic though this is never said explicitly. There are little mannerisms, little hints of it in Perry’s interaction with the world and some things that Perry’s parents say that give it away. Speaking of Petty’s parents, they are typical overworked parents who have very little time for the daughter they love.
The titular Honora Lee is Perry’s grandmother who, to the bafflement of Perry’s parents, holds great appeal to the nine year old. Perry is determined to spend more than the allocated time with her grandmother and this chance comes along when Perry’s Thursday extracurricular program falls through. Honora Lee is quite old and possibly suffering from Alzheimers, I think, which has her forgetting Perry daily. She lives in a nursing home and that is where Perry finds herself on Thursday afternoons.
The patients in the nursing home, the caretakers of the patients, nurses etc., Perry’s grandmother and Perry herself are such amazing characters. Honora Lee is unlike any grandmother I have met in a fictional setting. I find it so admirable that Goldi is able to express the complexity of Honora’s character using just the interactions between Perry and Honora, and Honora and the other inmates of the nursing home.
The novel, though slight, deals with some really heavy stuff, death being one of them. There is also a really beautiful moment when Perry observes without any intent how her father and his mother, Honora, have a similar mannerism. This stops Perry’s father short and though the child reader probably will not read too much into that, I thought it was a poignant way to show him finding a part of his mother in himself. He doesn’t really understand Honora’s peculiarities and she doesn’t seem to pay him any mind.
Perry’s mission to create an alphabet or rather create a book of the ABC with the letters of people or things she knows, for example, H is for Honora. The whole project is beautifully executed and I only wish it was included with the book so we could see the finished copy of it.
The book itself is really beautifully made, the pages are quality and the illustrations pleasing. I recommend this novel heartily – whether for yourself or for the child in your life. Get it, read it and let it make you happy....more
To be completely honest, I hadn’t even heard of Worn until I came across this collection and once I read the synopsis, I was hooked. I will be the firTo be completely honest, I hadn’t even heard of Worn until I came across this collection and once I read the synopsis, I was hooked. I will be the first to admit that I am not much into fashion but I like thinking about what I will wear, what the colours look like together, what clothes look good on me but I don’t let it consume me the way other people, who are more interested in fashion would be. Also, while I did not immediately put the superficial tag on all things fashion related, I was intimidated by the fashion industry because their ideals of beauty are ones that I cannot aspire to for many reasons.
However, The WORN Archive, from McMahon’s introduction sets itself apart from other fashion magazines and allows, in fact, demands that the reader redefine fashion – fashion is not something determined for a person by other sources but something that is individually defined by the person themselves. Each person defines their own style, according to their desires and expressions of self. According to the collective articles, fashion is more than the collection of designer apparel and accessories you own. In fact, material objects go only so far where fashion is concerned; it is how you interact with these objects that determines your fashion. Instead of throwing away last year’s skirt, find another way to wear it.
WORN uses its own staff as models and the models wear their own clothes so you get real people, people of all sizes and shapes, wearing things that mean something to them and this comes across in the photographs. The photographs are not of manufactured products, primped and plucked and captured for your envy, but actual people who are more than simply hangers for the clothes. The articles, too, are amazing and I loved how there is such a variety of them. I was especially fascinated by the piece on buttons. The idea that history could be deciphered through the study of buttons is an interesting one and historians could speculate on what things the societies of the past placed importance on by studying buttons and the materials they are made of is interesting. I also appreciated the piece they had on the different kinds of hijabs worn by women around the world; it was well researched and did not have a judgmental tone. Also wonderful were the pieces that discussed fashion during the wars and other turbulent periods and frankly admitted that fashion has been considered superficial and empty of substance but then went on to discuss why that perspective is problematic.
Bottom line? I quite enjoyed this collection and will definitely be seeking out more recent issues of WORN. I recommend to everyone who feels alienated by Vogue and other fashion magazines. This is beautifully bound (Drawn and Quarterly does it again!) and beautifully designed. The content does the outside justice. Pick it up and let you inner fashionista take the reins without leaving your brains behind. Fashion can be intellectual, this collection proves it....more