Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit—as ...more
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While I appreciated what this book was/is trying to do, it is an absolute snore-fest (or at least the parts till I read were). There were certain moments understated and powerful in their subtlety but the presence of the ex-soldier who compared his time in the military as a time spent with friends having fun took away all and any reason I had to read this. Actual people died, the majority of whom the Americans killed, in the Iraqi war and this ...more
It's fascinating to read about the journalistic processes of this up-and-coming group of reporters. How do they function as independent journalists? How do they formulate and choose their stories?
This follows one story-gathering trip from an outsiders perspective, so it was very accessible. I was particularly intrigued with the way technology influenced their methods - YouTube, the internet, recorders. There's a lot o ...more
The author is not a journalist, but goes along with two journalist friends and a former Marine, as they travel around Turkey, Iraq, and Syria trying to understand the effects of the Iraq War on the people who lived in the ...more
That being said... This book is incredibly problematic and though I don't think it was the author's intention the book directly contributes to the false and negative stereotypes of the Middle East and The Iraq War.
I will start with some positives, because though my ...more
Rolling Blackouts has been both praised and sla ...more
Joe Sacco is a good reference point but I also think Guy DeLisle’s Middle East work has parallels. All 3 artists take enormous risks in telling their stories. They travel from distant lands to immerse themselves in a foreign culture that is both fascinating and comp ...more
Here's the setup: Glidden accompanies two journalist friends on a trip to the Middle East. The reporters are seeking out untold stories, like those of displaced Kurds in Iraq, Iranian refugees in Turkey, and Iraqis who fled to Syria. Glidden is there to investigate, essentially, how journalism work ...more
Glidden tags along to Turkey, Syria and Iraq with a few of her friends who had set up a media collective. Through the journey, she hoped to document the American intervention and the proces ...more
What makes the book even more intriguing is that this is not just comic journalism in a war-torn area like the books by Joe Sacco ; this is also a book on ...more
So unlike the beautifully written "How to understand Israel in 60 days" by the same author.
Even after decades of U.S. military involvement, the Middle East remains a mystery to many --- if not most --- people in the West. In Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, Sarah Glidden offers a work of meta-journalism that chronicles the experiences of a small band of reporters as they trek through areas many of us may never visit to gather the stories of individuals impacted by U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. The result is an intimate view of the journalistic...more
I like that it was both travelogue and an examination of regional issues. I lov ...more
The art isn't fantastic; it's not unpleasant but it doesn't amaze me. However if ...more