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The Cardboard Valise by Ben Katchor
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May 02, 11

bookshelves: comics
Read from April 26 to 30, 2011

The rare graphic novel that made me s l o w d o w n when I read it.

There are many mysteries in this book, as well as the mystery of why the processing center decided to assign it to "graphic non-fiction".

I have a low-level migraine so I'm not going to attempt any real exploration of why this was wonderful to me. But I will say that the narration invaded my nap-dreams, and that's always a sign of a good book. The way it is structured, with re-appearing characters but no overarching story, makes it seem like it appeared in some alternative weekly newspaper. I don't think it did, but I haven't done my research. But if it had been part of one, and I had been in the serving area, that would be so so sweet.
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