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What It Is by Lynda Barry
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Jan 09, 2011

it was amazing

I discovered Lynda Barry in the 80s when she was doing Ernie Pook's Comeek. Something about it rubbed me the wrong way. The drawing was clunky, people had noses that were too big or some other imaginary graphical infraction that bugged me at the time. So imagine my surprise 20 years later when i rediscovered her as a teacher of creativity of sorts. I can't even tell you what this book is about, exactly. Imagine you accidentally find someone's childhood journal. It's full of intense and intricate scribbles, collages, secret messages, and contemplative thoughts. It's all that, plus exercises for you to explore your own imagination. She deals a lot with what she calls "images" (but I think are sometimes closer to memories) and offers a lot of questions for you to explore your own ideas about what is reality, memory, and creativity. If you are at all interested in getting back in touch with your creativity, I highly recommend this book.

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