I won't say anything about the story, but that it's a couple different kinds of beautiful and you should read it. Yes, YOU. You who is 10 and you whoI won't say anything about the story, but that it's a couple different kinds of beautiful and you should read it. Yes, YOU. You who is 10 and you who is 19 and you who is 50.
It made me reflect on one thing in particular, the compulsion artists get to create, and the journey that happens because of it. ...more
Alright, yes I enjoyed it. Wonder Struck certainly taps my nerd-affinity for historical fiction since I was a kid reading Galileo's Daughter etc. Also
Alright, yes I enjoyed it. Wonder Struck certainly taps my nerd-affinity for historical fiction since I was a kid reading Galileo's Daughter etc. Also, as a mixed-race child exposed to the nerdy side of mainstream 80/90s culture (think The Never Ending Story and Pagemaster).. well yes Wonder Struck gets me there too. Especially in the art... the drawings are beautiful. Gentle grey scale...what look like pencil sketches. There are two separate stories in the book and at the end they come together. The story line that most speaks to me is the one based in Hoboken, New Jersey 1927. The story opens with a little girl cutting out pictures from a magazine...and making a model city in her room. I think this an experience of many shy/isolated children. We learn the character Rose experiences isolation because she a deaf child of hearing parents. Her hearing parents don't understand the best way to support their deaf child and tell her often "It's too dangerous for a deaf child to go outside". This brings thoughts to the challenging path that parents of children with special needs and the children them selves walk in any era. I appreciate the characters having this depth to their life. This makes them more real. Because real people have disabilities, real people are different colors and real communities represent folks from different eras/ages.
There are many reasons I liked this GN. And then, there's the part of me that's always excited for writers of all different persuasions (writers of color, writers of different abilities) to pen/voice their own stories.
All and all it was a good one. I would take it up if come upon it....more
My favorite thing about this book is it is entirely a space for folks with different types of expertise around the Isis & Osiris story. Each contrMy favorite thing about this book is it is entirely a space for folks with different types of expertise around the Isis & Osiris story. Each contributor brings something different and that is a priceless way to learn about any topic-- cause there is no ONE angle by which some one comes to know all about something. I learned a lot here and I don't feel that many other approaches could have given what this book does for any one interested or fascinated by the Isis & Osiris myth. ...more
"Cuteness" is a main character in this GN. And of course I secretly, but not so secretly hope that Merle and Chunky are queer and have strayed from on"Cuteness" is a main character in this GN. And of course I secretly, but not so secretly hope that Merle and Chunky are queer and have strayed from one another to work out their complicated queer love. ;-)
In Good-bye, Chunky Rice we don't know the genders of the main characters. Also, the story doesn't really show any romantic couples. There are pairs but usually we can assume they've stuck together out of fate rather than choice. For example, the Siamese twins and the sailors. So much of our media/story telling revolves around romantic love, usually hetero romantic love and so Chunky gives us a break from that. We can read that story line in to it (as I did by queering the main characters) but in the end it's now explicitly there.
Queer love, friendship love or it doesn't matter?
This is one of my favorite GNs and so i've included it here as a guest, in this space that is foremost reserved for comics, graphic novels and zines by womyn/folks of color.
Nasser Ali Khan is buried before he dies. Crippled passion. Missed connections. Ungrateful children. Failure to follow your souls directing or intuiti
Nasser Ali Khan is buried before he dies. Crippled passion. Missed connections. Ungrateful children. Failure to follow your souls directing or intuition. "Chicken with Plums" is indeed a very sad story. It's not sad because someone dies, people die all the time. It's sad because of how adverse the characters are to happiness or even contentment. And of course it's not their fault, there lingers a bitterness helld against others that can never be undone, like a tattoo on the heart. Satrapi is able to distill the life of Nasser Ali Khan to its moments of unfortunate disappointments. A brilliant story teller.
This is my own conclusion after reading:
sadness and no end within oneself if you have without your worries swallow you no doubt
After reading this GN I am reminded how important it is to grow up in a communityTime to read this. Now! Check out my review at: http://bit.ly/WZaT4I
After reading this GN I am reminded how important it is to grow up in a community that validates your identity. I am so thankful I did not grow up in a community where I was the only mixed-ethnicity person. That would not have been fly. However, Lila, the main character of DARKROOM: a memior in black & white, grew up in the south at a time when there were literally no other latinos in town. As Lila puts it there wasn’t even a language yet to talk about them. Words like “hispanic” and “latino” hadn’t yet entered the lexicon. . . read more on my blog: http://agraphiclens.wordpress.com/201...
This book rocks. Quite literally, the essays in this book will rock the way you think about "america" and democracy. Again and again Zinn deconstructsThis book rocks. Quite literally, the essays in this book will rock the way you think about "america" and democracy. Again and again Zinn deconstructs the glory of war as it is fantasized by the media, the government and popular culture. Quoting from Eugene V. Debs on the socialist platform with Mother Jones and Big Bill in 1905 to remembering the executions of the Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti Zinn makes an un deniable case against war and the horrors of war. He does this with countless juxtapositions of paradox after paradox of the inconsistent pattern of justice by our government.
"Class injustice cuts across every decade, every century of our history. In the midst of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, a wealthy man in the town of Milton, south of Boston, shot and killed a man who was gathering firewood on his property. He spent eight days in jail, then was let out on bail, and was not prosecuted. The district attorney called it "justifiable homicide." One law for the rich, one law for the poor-- a persistent character of our system of justice." -- Howard Zinn (261)
Upon finishing "A Power.." there are now about ten more movies and ten more books that I want to read. One is called "Green Parrots" by Gino Strada, about land mines that look like toys, almost like green parrots and injure countless numbers of children throughout the world.
The most important idea I take from this book at its end is: How we remember history shapes our future. Remembering the untold stories and unsung heros is a radical action that will shape and could save our future. Hope you check this one out too....more
Come on. This book is great. I'll admit I tried to read Tea's Valencia last year but couldn't get into it. I decided to give her another try when "RosCome on. This book is great. I'll admit I tried to read Tea's Valencia last year but couldn't get into it. I decided to give her another try when "Rose of No Man's..." was calling out to me from a library shelf. I read the first page and saw that Trisha and I had a lot in common. And, who doesn't like a book about a quirky loner girl self secluded on the edge of a white trash rural town? Trisha's character is reminiscent of "Daria" from MTV. The writing is witty. And the adventures are those of this gender blurring loner girl's first experiences in the world. She doesn't hold back, she's open to the choices she's presented with... and her openness yet sharp critique of the world is a nice balance for this story. Check it out. It's a good time. ...more
This wasn't my favorite of what I know Octavia to be capable of but I am holding out for the rest of the series. The main character Lilith reminds meThis wasn't my favorite of what I know Octavia to be capable of but I am holding out for the rest of the series. The main character Lilith reminds me of the stuck in the middle character. Not too much of this or that and thus she is selected to be "awakened" and lead other humans in her situation. But often I found myself wanting more from Lilith. And I'm still not sure what it is I wanted 'more' of. Nikanj was one of my favorite characters. The little one who gets away with things but grows up to be potentially dangerous. Excited to read the rest!...more