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Pitch Black by Youme Landowne
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Apr 06, 2009

really liked it

I like unique things. This is unique.
It's a thin, long, hardcover book, so it looks a bit like a picture book. Sometimes it has panels, sometimes one illustration takes up a full two-page spread. It's autobiographical, and issue-based. I was impressed with the vulnerability and openness of the narrator. And illustrations are stunning - the black and white only adds to it. I've always lived in the same house. So one of my fantasies, growing up, was what it would be like to live somewhere else. In the house I'm passing on the road. Under that overpass. In that tree. Swiss Family Robinson, The Borrowers, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books were some of my favorite stories growing up. Anyway, so that's probably why I'm extra-fascinated by this depiction of life lived in the subway system. There is a definite narrative, and it dances around issues of poverty, race, class, home, identity, friendship, family, and of course... I LOVED the discussion of art, what is art, who are artists.
LOVE. The more I think about it, I feel more LOVE for this book.
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