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The Portable February

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Running the gamut in topic and style from faux-political to faux–New Yorker, David Berman’s lo-fi cartoons incorporate strains of high and low comedy, wistful Americana, contemporary art, dream visions, and a visual analog to the semipenetrable personal allusions found in his music and poetry. His drawings invite the same deeper thought as his writings, making use of wordp ...more
Hardcover, 97 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Drag City
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David Berman's The Portable February

The Portable February, David Berman’s second book — following the breakout poetry collection Actual Air —is a black and white hardcover collection of simple pen and ink drawings. His signature sense of humor — known mostly through his songwriting for the Silver Jews, his former rock ’n’ roll group — is on full display in this recent Drag City release. While drug addiction and depression may have plagued Berman for years, he has tr
Scott Brennan
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This quirky, darkly comic, one-of-a kind book of primitive pen-and-ink drawings (paired with dry, ironic punchlines) helps we "get" David Berman in a new way. Poet of the extraordinary book Actual Air and lead singer/songwriter for the Silver Jews, Berman seems to have all but disappeared from the various artistic scenes he infiltrated, inhabited, then apparently abandoned. Hopefully enough people will pick up the trail of bread crumbs he had left behind and locate him in the forest. His brillia ...more
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Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Best read in one sitting, each piece building on the last.
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Shelves: comics
I didn't understand what was going on in most of the drawings, but I enjoyed every one of them.
Patrick Healy
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reminds me of Car Trash Pizza in a good way!
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Strange half-ass doodles from a brilliant (and most likely "drug-addled" ... ) mind.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very funny drawings.
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David Berman was born in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1967. He graduated from the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, the University of Virginia, and the University of Massachusetts. His band, the Silver Jews, has released four albums, The Natural Bridge, Starlite Walker, Ameri