We were delighted, therefore, to have had the opportunity to investigate young people's media usage through a research project carried out with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland BAI. The project focused on year olds, at the crucial in-between stage of primary and secondary education. The results of this research project will be launched on December 5th, and the full report will be available online at www.
December also sees a focus on Lithuanian cinema to coincide with their Presidency of the Council of the European Union. You can also sign up to receive our weekly ezine by emailing admin irishfilm. The women embark on an intense love affair that will have a lasting effect on them both. Beyond the furor, Blue is the Warmest Colour emerges as a daring film that evocatively depicts the pleasures of being in love and the pain of heartbreak while acknowledging the fragile line between those two states.
While on summer holiday with her family, beautiful year-old Isabelle loses her virginity, an experience which leaves her cold and disillusioned. She yearns for something more and takes to prostitution, becoming addicted to the money she makes and revelling in the attention she gets from men, whether they are charming or obnoxious.
Presenting images filmed on a number of cameras that have been positioned around the boat, the filmmakers confront the audience with crashing waves, pouring rain, cranking machinery, gutted fish and ravenous seagulls, along with occasional moments of calm below deck. Without voiceover or narrative, this makes for visceral viewing, and a film that defies easy definition.
Fifty years ago, on 22 November, , John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated while being driven in a presidential motorcade along Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. America has struggled to come to terms with that murder ever since, and those events have been scrutinised and pored over by historians and cultural commentators, frequently revisited in film and literature. Parkland recreates that tragic day taking the point of view of a number of individuals caught up. With an outstanding ensemble cast, director Peter Landesman weaves stories together imagining how real people were affected at this moment in history with an unsentimental, rigorous honesty.
Disney studios made Mary Poppins in , and it remains a perennial family favourite, with iconic performances from a cast including Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and the unforgettable songs of the Sherman Brothers. Walt Disney had tried to make the film as early as , but P. Travers, the writer of the books on which the film is based, refused to give up the rights. Saving Mr. Here are two great roles for actors as fine as Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson to relish, and they are wonderful in this delightful and moving film enlightening a particular moment in Hollywood history.
Taking time out from performing in an Ibsen play at a provincial theatre, actress Alix travels on an early morning train to Paris for an audition. On board, she notices a doleful, English speaking passenger, and though they only have a brief exchange when he asks for directions, she remains intrigued by him. Alix proceeds to have a difficult day; her mobile phone battery runs down, her credit card is maxed out and she cannot contact her elusive boyfriend, yet her initial anxiety passes.
She tracks down the man she saw that morning, and they make a connection. A freshman at Columbia University, Allen Ginsberg first encounters Lucien Carr when Carr is reciting salacious passages from Henry Miller aloud in the school study library. The world is at war, and these are young men determined to change everything. To keep him safe, and shut him up, son David Will Forte eventually agrees to drive him there.
David learns that there is much more to his taciturn, ornery coot of a father than he had realised. A simple, heartfelt love story about two musicians meeting on the streets of Dublin and falling in love while they write songs together, Once is one of the most celebrated and treasured Irish features of recent times. In a case of life imitating art, the pair fell in love, recorded an album together and embarked. Beautifully presented in black and white and featuring wonderful performances from stages around the world, this intimate documentary follows the couple as they deal with the pressures of fame and the impact it has on their relationship.
See page 20 for screenings of Once in December. Born in the Alsace region and marked by a. Miss Giddens is appointed to watch over two orphans, Miles and Flora, living in the grand and stately home, Bly House. The governess starts the job with enthusiasm and good intentions, but, after witnessing some unsettling events and hearing about the fate of her predecessor, Miss Giddens begins to have suspicions about the children, fearing they may be possessed.
In an unidentified Middle Eastern country ravaged by war, a woman in her 30s tends to her husband, once a celebrated warrior, now left in a coma after getting a bullet in the neck. She struggles to get him the medicine he needs and the mullah has told her that her husband will be well, but the woman is exhausted by scavenging and praying. This provokes the woman to start a one way dialogue with her unconscious husband, offloading her fears, anxieties, and confessions.
A yachtsman is on a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean when his vessel is damaged in a collision with a shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio wrecked in the accident, he must rely on a sextant and nautical maps, not to mention his own expertise and intuition, to guide him to safety. He embarks on a course that will bring him into conflict with the elements, the cruel sea appearing to wage a war against him alone. While their parents have forgotten the man who lives in the moon, the children are comforted saying goodnight to him before they go to sleep.
Yet Moon Man is too far away to know this, bored up in the sky all alone. He decides to hitch a ride on the tail of a passing comet, and lands on Earth. This is taken as an aggressive act by some grown-ups who have their own agenda in space, so Moon Man has to look to the children who love him for help. At its centre is a remarkable performance from Robert Redford, whose wizened, granite-like features reveal more about his unnamed character than dialogue could manage.
Famously a critical and commercial disappointment on its release in , the film found a new lease of life on television, becoming a staple of Christmas scheduling. James Stewart is at his most likeable as family man and generous friend George Bailey, who, through cruel circumstance, finds himself in a dark place one Christmas Eve, preparing to throw himself off a bridge in his hometown of Bedford Falls. Bob Bing Crosby and Phil Danny Kaye meet during the Second World War, where the latter persuades the former a Broadway performer that they should become an entertainment duo.
Following the War, the two become a hit, eventually becoming musical producers. They then audition sisters Betty Rosemary Clooney and Judy Vera-Ellen , and are smitten, though Bob needs some persuading to reveal his feelings for Betty.
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With a treasury of songs by Irving Berlin, this is a must-see for fans of musicals. Struggling to find the funds necessary for the completion of a new cathedral, the main hopes of Bishop Henry Brougham David Niven rest on wealthy widow Mrs. Hamilton Gladys Cooper. Prayers for guidance result in the appearance of suave angel Dudley Cary Grant , who moves in mysterious ways to provide Henry with what he needs, rather than what he wants. As Dudley spends time with Julia, Henry becomes jealous, and Dudley himself develops feelings for the mortal woman.
There are parallels to a film career where contemporaries such as Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford graduated to be bona fide movie stars, while Dern carved out a reputation as a notable character actor, making his mark playing mostly bad guys, usually down the billing from bigger draws. With an overdue Oscar nomination for Coming Home arriving in , Dern might have expected to find more leading roles. Introduction and film notes by Michael Hayden. Nebraska may be the high point of his singular career, which the IFI celebrates in December with a selection of his finest films. Hector William Tepper is a star player for the college basketball team conflicted both by the affair he is having with a married woman Karen Black and the radical politics spouted by his roommate Gabriel.
They appear as brothers reunited in Atlantic City, where Jason has dragged David in an attempt to bring him in on his latest real estate scam. The performances are mannered, the plot is unburdened by such things as back story or. Dern received what is to date his only Academy Award nomination in for his role as Bob Hyde, a careerist Marine dutifully shipping out to Vietnam, while his wife Sally Jane Fonda finds purpose volunteering at a veterans hospital. Drawn to embittered paraplegic Luke Martin Jon Voight , Sally has to choose between a man who believes in war and another disillusioned by his experiences.
The line-up consists of films all made in the last five years and the filmmakers come from three different generations. The features cover a wide range of themes and concerns including history Vortex , identity Vanishing Waves and crime Eastern Drift. Yet their titles are indicative of a common thread around a distinctive relationship with the natural world, and at the core of each of these films is a strong central character who provokes and enthrals the audience in equal measure. We look forward to an exciting weekend of Lithuanian cinema.
Introduction and film notes by Alice Butler. Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Ireland. The IFI would like to acknowledge the support of Arturas Jevdokimovas for his collaboration in assembling this programme. Can she beat the dreaded — choke! Find out tonight! Lucy Tan's novel is about a Chinese family that moved to America, realized that was kind of a scam, and then moved back to Shanghai.
THey've already started over once. Can they start over again? You will want to show up early so you can sign up for the open mic after. They all have new-ish collections out now, too. Fantagraphics loves to put on a Saturday book debut, and this one for local cartoonists Sarah Romano Diehl and Brandon Lehmann should be a fun afternoon party, with barbecue and beverages. Their new book is reportedly "terrifying. Pike St. This is a "memoir-in-essays" by Carla Rachel Sameth about "a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles.
But you're unlikely to see a whole lot of pieces written by white men that really delves into the complexities and importance of motherhood, and white men are still overrepresented in the literary world. For that reason alone, if you walk into a bookstore and pull a book from the essay or biography sections out at random, it's more likely to be about daddy issues than what it means to be a mother. That's why Thursday's themed reading at Hugo House is so important. Five writers are sharing new pieces that explore "how motherhood is rendered in their work, and the impact that motherhood has had on their lives as writers.
The fact that the lineup is majority women of color, too, is likely to add to the experience, as Americans tend to other nonwhite moms in some damning ways. It's great to see Hugo House present a showcase of writers tackling a specific theme in depth and in unison. Here's hoping this is just the first of a series of feminist explorations of representation in writing; these kinds of events are vital for starting conversations that should have happened decades ago.
Each week, the Sunday Post highlights just a few pieces of longform writing that we loved reading. Or all rock-n-roll celebration of the bad boy wild life? Chris Dennis gracefully avoids all of that here. If you can imagine the El Dorado he describes as a midwesterner, I so easily can , you can imagine the kind of inner weather that invites the shelter of addiction.
For a white man with a ton of money and power, the loss of privilege is, apparently, the worst thing that can happen. Seattle Review of Books readers, meet Julie Yue! Julie has just started helping us out behind-the-scenes with some editorial work, but no doubt she'll be out in front as a byline in no time at all.
Besides being my coworker at Textio , where she is a Data Insights Manager, Julie is a life-long literature nerd. She used to study Chinese and British history and received her MA from the School of Oriental and African Studeies, at the University of London , before transitioning into working with language data.
She spends most of her free time cataloging cookbooks, buying obscure condiments, and trying to convince everybody that history is the best. I suspect she'll find a willing audience here. Welcome, Julie! We're lucky, and glad, to have you. I'm always going through a few books at a time. Right now, I'm reading Norwegian Wood by Murakami — which I have mixed feelings about so I'm hoping the ending will move me. I've also been struggling my way through a decidedly medium Basque history for the last 6 months and I'm only on page They were both excellent.
I don't think I'm smart enough to fully comprehend Murdoch. On the other hand, The Idiot was so funny and relatable and I wish it was published before I started college. I'm in two reading circles with some friends so for one of them, we've decided on Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. All three of us realized that we all already had a copy sitting around unread! I need to start on both because deadlines are looming! Cienna Madrid is on a small island with a large drink this week; the following is a re-run of a column from My friend self-published a novel.
What do I do the next time I see my friend? But I will not ask him about his bowel movements or split times or any of the other silly shit runners are prone to discuss for hours with each other while jogging in place because my attention span is a finite resource that must be reserved for my own hobbies, like watching spiders commit hate crimes on flies. So what do you do? Go on the offensive: Say that you really enjoyed the work. You immediately connected with the main character and got swept up in the narrative. Then, quickly pivot and begin asking him questions: What inspired him to write it?
Has the book been reviewed? Has he been conducting readings around town? How thick is his fan club? What project is he working on now? I think it went over my head. What were you going for? What are your thoughts? View this post on Instagram It's August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I've been reading this summer, in case you're looking for some suggestions.
To start, you can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Barack Obama released his summer reading list yesterday, and it featured a local author. Specifically, Obama singled out Seattle-area sci-fi legend Ted Chiang's short story collection Exhalation. I loved this book, too. A recession is coming — maybe sooner than later — and the sad truth is that a lot of the places you visit for news and information and entertainment are not likely to survive the next downturn.
I can pretty much guarantee that, in part because government funding for arts and letters has dried up, Seattle will lose bookstores and media sites and movie theaters in the next recession. And one of the biggest recession casualties I've been fearing lately is comic book stores. It's been a bumpy time for comics shops in Seattle, even in a supposedly decent economic climate. Yesterday, I congratulated Nazar on the upcoming expansion, and he took me on a little tour of the space, pointing out where new features will be. The expansion will create more gaming space and also put storage space closer to the sales floor.
There will also be a larger and more expansive front counter space, and a more welcoming front-of-store experience. Nazar, in his impromptu tour, seemed anxious in the way that small business owners usually are, but he also seemed hopeful about the possibility of welcoming more people into his business.
It's enough of an infectious joy that it inspires even the most confirmed cynic to feel a tiny bit of hope in his heart. We wrote to express support for our former managing editor, Florangela Davila, and express concern about the manner of her sudden dismissal. They were, according to one protester, there to "demand In this New York Times profile , J.
Salinger's son Matt — who until now was famous for playing Captain America in a terrible movie that was never released in theaters — has some insight into his father's literary legacy. Is Salinger still relevant? Will ebooks and posthumous releases ensure that kids will still read The Catcher in the Rye fifty years from now? I'm not so sure. Salinger spoke to a generation, but his legacy has been tarnished in the post-MeToo climate, and I'm not convinced his books will survive the next round of critical reappraisals — assuming critical reappraisals are still going to happen in the future, of course.
But she's also excited for her MFA students to enjoy such close contact with some of the most important writers in the field today. And she believe it's a great opportunity for the region to gain some much-needed recognition: "Although there is a lot of energy and activity around writing and the arts and experimentation here, it can feel like we're a little off the beaten path," Borsuk explains. This fall's festival theme is "Points of Convergence. They all are working at the convergence between disciplines.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, the opening night speaker, "writes for the page but also does sound performance," Borsuk says. Friday night features Barbara Browning, "whose fiction really dovetails closely with her own autobiography and blurs the line between art and life" using multimedia components including videos and online installations. The final keynote, Nathaniel Mackey, is "a poet whose work is strongly connected to music and jazz and who has a really deep history of thinking about the ways that race and poetry are imbricated.
Local writers from Seattle including Anastacia-Renee and representatives from the Seattle Poetics LAB and Portland will be a part of the full complement of panels, which often include more performance and process conversation than your traditional literary panel discussion. Panels that have been accepted for the conference include a discussion of Asian American speculative poets, a panel titled "Horrors of the Family Romance" with panelists including Rebecca Brown and Brian Evenson, a survey of weird fiction, and a discussion of the surveillance state as it pertains to writing.
Other convergences include video and poetry, reality and digital presentations of reality, porpoises and lectures, and futurism through poetry. Borsuk says the full schedule will be online soon. As a teacher who is deeply embedded in Northwest literature, Borsuk feels that the Points of Convergence theme is a vital one for this place and time. I must be twelve or so. We face the bathroom mirror, me in starched white shirt, trying not to squirm, faint frown on my face. He in sleeveless tee, his chest hair abundant, still dark, the last dots. He calls the knot a Windsor, holds my hands holding the long end on the left, short end on the right, flipping long over short, looped around, poked up and over the top.
I will, just as he has, come to live with it. Tying a Tie first appeared on Terrain. Previously: Unable to Waken. What a great way to sample how a sponsorship could work for you. Sponsorships are a great, inexpensive way to get your words in front of the best book loving audience in the world. Seattle loves to read. So if you have an event that would appeal to readers or writers, or if you have a book you want to put before the most passionate reading audience you can imagine, check out why our sponsorships will be just the thing for you. See our Event of the Week Column for more details.
Seattle Public Library, 4th Ave. You're cute. Did you know that Marjorie Kelly's latest book proposes a new way to organize the economy so that the vast majority of the wealth doesn't go to the top one percent? Town Hall Seattle, 8th Ave. It's made up of one hundred stories of sexism and sexual assault. She'll be in conversation with Seattle writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, whose participation in a reading should be considered an automatic sumbol of quality. Bethany Reid will be reading from her second collection of poems, Body My House.
In this novel set in Oysterville, Washington, a women come together to sew and heal on an emotional level. Susan Wiggs is a bestselling author, and this looks to be one of her best. Portland novelist Cody T. Luff reads from his newest novel. Ration is set in a dystopian future in which people are starving.
They consider taking part in a kind of industrialized cannibalism. I don't mean to brag, but Even then, and even hidden behind the name of the strip as a pseudonym, she was very clear about her origins. She'd never had a driver's license, but walking "was not something I found much joy in until very recently. Suddenly, in , "the pure joy of long, winding, destinationless walks really hit me," she said.
And sometimes nine, ten hours later, I would come back, and that was just how I spent my day. Seattle Walk Report's Instagram feed is a total delight — one of the only things that keeps me coming back to the Facebook-owned service on a regular basis. Her cartoons are funny and interesting to look at and full of surprises. She squeezes more delight into a few square inches than just about any cartoonist I can think of.
Tomorrow night, Seattle Walk Report is launching a book full of all-new material from Seattle-based Sasquatch Books at the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library. Her public identity will be revealed — relax, people, she's not a celebrity or anything — and she'll make her first-ever public appearance. She'll present a short talk about her origins and her process, and then she'll be in conversation with me for a while, and then she'll take your questions before signing books for as long as it takes.
I try to avoid conflicts of interest on this website, but I feel confident in saying that even if I were not a participant, this reading would be the Event of the Week. How often do you see the unmasking of a real local celebrity, the debut of a comic from one of our most interesting local cartoonists, and a celebration of the weird and wonderful things you find on everyday Seattle streets all in one night? The answer is never.
You never get to see that kind of thing. This is going to be a special one. Taylor Moore with the story of Curbside Splendor, a midwestern indie press beloved by everyone but the authors it refused to pay. Her latest book, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire , was just released. Michelle is in Seattle for a number of events, celebrating the launch of her new book, and you should see her while she's around!
Clair it's full of stand-alone pieces that are lovely little anecdotes to start or end the day. A big-name novelist recently posted on Facebook that he wished people spent more time reading and less time binge-watching TV. Do you think those two things are related, or is he being a huge old grump?
Aimee, Sunset Hill. It sounds like the kind of thing a smug person would write as a way to subtly confirm the superiority of his own lifestyle, but I wouldn't know for certain because I don't use Facebook. If only people spent more time reading and less time throwing up judgy Facebook posts. There are some really fantastic teevee shows out with compelling narratives and strong character development Patriot and Dirtbag come to mind.
Those are also qualities people treasure in books. Binge watching teevee doesn't have to mean you're not a reader, just as chanting "Bloody Mary" three times in my bathroom mirror doesn't have to mean I'm superstitious. It might also mean I want another drink. I have always found it difficult — if not impossible — to write about Toni Morrison.
Hers was a once-in-a-generation talent. Her thinking was so clear and precise, her writing so free from the encumbrances of cliche, that writing about her with my clumsy prose always felt insulting, somehow. There's nothing I can say about her passing that hasn't already said , and better than I could ever say it. Many of us alive now never knew what it was like to read a brand-new book by James Baldwin, or Virginia Woolf.
Nobody alive ever witnessed the new publication of a novel by Dostoevsky or Melville. But until this week, we lived in a world where Toni Morrison was alive, and writing, and publishing. We were lucky. Bad Weekend is a slender hardcover crime comic from the tried and tested comics team of writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips.
It's about a young man who's hired to chaperone a jaded old cartoonist around a comic book convention. Theft and assault and other crimes are on the menu, and the book serves as a kind of Dante's Inferno of the comic industry's seedy underbelly. The character at the center of Bad Weekend , Hal Crane, is an exhausted old cartoonist who has been burnt so many times by the comics industry that he's basically a pile of ash.
Even now, as nerds try to pay homage to him, he's distrustful of their approval and disdainful of all the people who never bothered to give him the time of day when he was a hungry draftsman looking for a steady gig. I don't think you can parse Hal one-to-one with any single cartoonist from comics history, but he's sure assembled from a bunch of different anecdotes. Pretty much every kid who grew up reading comics in the s is very familiar with the seedy old bitter cartoonist, and how they barely tolerated our adoration.
It's all so undignified that a life of crime seems downright classy by comparison. Listen: are there any other comic teams working today with as smooth a symbiosis as Brubaker and Phillips? Just as old married couples are said to resemble one another, Brubaker's prose has become clearer and more striking, to match Phillips's art. The character work, both in writing and in art, is impeccable. Bad Weekend doesn't have the heft and the haunting rage of some of Phillips and Brubaker's other work — Kill or Be Killed is, to my mind, one of the best comics of the decade — but it is perfectly clever and fun all the way through.
Maybe Hal Crane can't find anything to love about comics anymore, but — thanks to Brubaker and Phillips — I sure can. That's a pretty steep learning curve to expect from a reader: Bui is a brilliant cartoonist who employs a wide array of comics techniques to tell the story of her family's flight from Vietnam to America. It's kind of the equivalent of expecting someone to jump directly from the first Harry Potter book into William Gass's The Tunnel. But these novice comics readers more than handled the challenge.
Most members of the book club enjoyed Best and found Bui's family history to be engaging and more than a little heartbreaking. We could have spent the whole hour discussing technical details, such as the way Bui masterfully employed the black-and-white book's single color — an orange whose many shades evoked a number of story elements including carrot juice and the red soil of Vietnam. And several people found new levels of enjoyment from those discussions.
But there's so much more to discuss. By zipping forward and backward in time, Bui illustrates the true cost of intergenerational trauma that all refugee families have to pay. Bui's new baby hasn't experienced the Vietnam War or the heartbreak of losing everything to start over in the United States, but those factors will still play a huge role in the child's life. No generation is ever truly free of the hardships delivered on the generations before. But reading it in the context of our current-events book club, which aligns the story of Bui's family against the concentration camps along the southern border of the country today, casts the book in a different light.
I couldn't help but wonder as I read The Best We Could Do for a second time what kind of memoirs future readers would be reading twenty years from now. How will those books cast those of us who called ourselves Americans? What color will the cartoonist choose to stain the pages? What are the tragedies unfolding now that future generations will carry?
Once in a while, we take a new book out to lunch and give it half an hour or so to grab our attention. Lunch Date is our comment on that speed-dating experience. Never good at the principles of successful dating, I offered Treehouse Living the Saturday equivalent of a sad desk lunch. Actually, it was half a croissant left over from brunch, which made 1. Today they sold the last nectarine croissant right before I got the register. But their savory croissant at the moment is lightly roasted tomatoes sandwiched between herbs and finely grated parmesan cheese.
A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest. But as he goes about defining his changing world, all kinds of extraordinary and wonderful things happen to him. Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code. It seems unlikely that Treehouse Living would describe itself in any such way, but publishers do what they have to do. Thisis very important: you build a campfire outside, never in.
It may be cold in the treehouse, and you may build a fire in there to stay warm, but believe me, you will regret it. Who can resist the sad, mysterious ones? Hints at William's losses and gains aren't any more or less important thanhis observations about how good puppies are at bonding or the real difference between balloon dogs and balloon giraffes. But this is anything but a love story. After the reader grows to care for a younger Lust as she establishes a free-range open relationship, they can't help but watch uncomfortably watch as Ulli ignores all the red flags and marries a Nigerian man who slowly draws her into a cycle of horrible abuse.
Person isn't afraid to ask complicated questions about race and power and love and identity. It's a prickly book, but a beautiful one. Person is the second of Lust's books that Fantagraphics has translated and published in America, and the love between publisher and author is palpable. What follows is an edited transcription of our conversation. I first would like to ask a very dumb question that I've always wanted to ask a cartoonist with a book like this, a black-and-white comic that's accented only by one single color through the book.
May I ask how you chose the color for the single color? I always ask, 'what is the vibe of this story? You don't have so many options for a second color. It has to be a not-too-intense color. It has to be a bit light. And sp then, what do I have? I have and warm and cold, like blue or pink. For the first book I wanted something more military, adventurous.
That's why I went with green. For the new book I needed something warm, tender. Pink is also very fleshy. So it was the perfect match for a love story. You write about yourself in a way that feels very honest. At this point, do you think twice about sharing details of your life or is it something that just happens?
The question is not, 'Do I share details of my life? What do they add to the story? My life is like the source. I'm not really interested in myself. It's just I'm a woman living in this time. Because it's my experiences, I have access to the inner thoughts, and reflections of the person in this story, and I use them. I am just the model. And if I tell about myself I don't need to care about personal rights.
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I can tell everything, as long as I am okay with it. My interest as an artist is to be honest and intense. There's a lot of literature which follows this model. And my main goal is not to look good, but to be a good author. And these are two very different targets. You write about a lot of the same subjects as them, but it feels there was something in those books to me that felt like there was a little bit of a moral edge to their work, an 'oh, I'm being so bad,' sort of transgressive vibe to their work that I think is missing from your work.
Do you agree with that assessment? Not to call anybody out by name, but do you think there's a performative aspect to memoir comics in recent history? I really like those Canadian guys. They are a big inspiration. I really like how Joe Matt talks about himself.
But there was a confessional vibe to earlier comics that doesn't show up in your books. Your work doesn't feel confessional to me, in that way. I'm inspired by these type of autobiographic comics, but in the end, I'm much more inspired by literature. Like the Beat poets. They are very old but their attitude is great, you know? All these artists from the '60s, '70s were very open about their mindset. That's what I find inspiring. That's why my books are big, also, because I'm more inspired from the novels more, than from the comics actually. You're doing something different in this book than your earlier work, where you have these beautiful, usually silent splash pages that pause the story.
One interesting aspect for me with new stories is always to think about, 'How can I bring this work to life? How can I materialize it? I think about which type of coloring and layout fits the best to this story. Every author or cartoonist or filmmaker is thinking about how to do that.
You've always been a very good artist, but it feels like you were able to do a little more illustration, does that distinction make sense at all? I get better with the drawings all the time. But I don't do illustration anymore, because it sucks. It sucks to do jobs drawing images which other people would love to draw themselves. Then they tell you what to do, and then they are Some artists enjoy very much to just develop a beautiful image, but I am not interested in the aesthetics that much.
I am , of course, because it's part of the language. But not only to make a beautiful picture, you know? But the splash page in this book with the giant penis—I thought that was very beautiful. It's a beautiful illustration. That's because it has a big energy for the story. You have to get this energy, so you need the beauty, of course. The beauty is in service of the story. Sometimes I do some short projects where I can experiment. Like at the moment, I'm doing a project about the Berlin Mauerpark. It is a park in Berlin where there was the Wall, and now you have a lot of street musicians, and parties, and colorful people.
And the project is to blend in the past with the present. And the pictures are quite interesting. It seems like that would be very good for comics, too. At the moment it's a serial. You can observe it at Instagram. It's called "Ghosts on Mauerpark," and it's just a fun project to do something short on the weekends when it's too tight for to make a comic. You know, comics take a lot of time, and also concentration. It's difficult always, with the comics. Something I wanted to ask about, specifically in the art that has always interested me about black and white comics, is the illustration of different races.
It seems difficult to depict multiple races in black and white comics. Yeah, it's very difficult. It's very difficult to draw black people in black and white because any line you put in the face, it makes an expression. And you need to add color, you have to make the face dark, but it suddenly creates a sinister atmosphere. It's just a visual problem with light and dark. The way you dealt with that I thought was very good. Kim's face was completely white at certain points when you needed to see the expressions and things like that, but it didn't feel artificial.
I'm happy that you say that, because it was a big struggle. I realized later that if I would have put only a gray tone, that would have made it more easier. Do you think? Because I've seen that before, and that feels not quite right. You know, and I've also seen very tight hatching and that just comes across as a little visually static. The way you handled it was very good, but depicting nuances of race in black and white comics has always been difficult and I think it makes covering racial nuance difficult, I think, for a lot of artists in the form.
Very, very, very, very difficult. I was afraid of the racist aspects, that there would be something wrong or that people would be upset. But people understand that this figure is not speaking for all black people in the world, but for himself as an individual. So it worked out well. I was a bit afraid because it's tricky. I think having that space helped. If it were a 12 page story it would be very different, but you established the character.
Yeah, and I was in love with him, so I hope that this comes through too. Some readers said 'oh, I hated this guy from the beginning. Was it difficult or enjoyable to get into the headspace of a very passionate young woman in that way? It's just nice to relive intense times. I didn't like to draw the violence part. I'm not good with beating and I'm not good with fighting, drawing fighting, you know? Yeah, yeah, yeah. You have to like it.
And I don't. So this cost me a lot of energy. Does the translation process take a lot of time or a lot of work? Actually the English translation is the only one which I can control. But the English one I can read and I found a lot of mistakes, because German is also a very complex language, and some words change their meaning when they are put on another spot or something. It's tricky to get the right meaning. So I had to send some corrections. It's just fantastic, because iI feel like a, you know, like a newcomer from somewhere in the outback.
And they think I'm my work is good enough? That's just cool. That's really cool. Yesterday, when Eric Reynolds was telling me, how much he likes my book, I'm just like, 'Oh my god. This guy knows so much about comics! It's funny because they started out as the young punk radicals, and now it feels like they're the mainstream. A new book by a UW professor tries to tell the story of Silicon Valley without all the hagiographies and histrionics. And the echoes began their wings broken and glaciers wept themselves to sleep their towers fallen. We've opened the books — you can now buy sponsorships through January, Head on over to our sponsorship page if you're ready to browse what's available.
Paul Park is a novelist who has written across genres, though you likely know him from his best-known A Princess of Roumania series of sci-fi novels. His latest is a collection of short stories about belief and magic. Local author ira Jane Buxton's long-awaited new novel is about a domesticated crow who loves Cheetos. Then, the world ends all around him, and he's forced to try to make things right again. Majd Mashhawari was going to speak at Elliott Bay Book Company earlier this year, but she had visa troubles.
Funny how there are so many of those lately, huh? Chuck Klosterman definitely doesn't hurt for a platform. Klosterman has gone from a beloved magazine feature writer to a beloved writer of books to a kind of pop cultural wise man over the last couple decades. His latest is a series of thought-provoking short fictions that are written in the style of non-fiction. Even though she moved away to northern California two years ago, she knew she wanted to celebrate the launch of her new book here in town.
She's celebrating her book's release with three big events starting this Saturday with a "literaoke" celebration at Massive Monkees Studio in the International District. It's exactly what it sounds like: a book party with readings and audience karaoke. I think there's something cathartic about it. It's thematically tied to the book, too. Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire is in part about what it means to be a Fillipinx-American — the historical, cultural, and geographical implications of everything that it took to get her to this place in this planet at this time.
Lawsin, and Corina Zappia. If you have a really big moment in your life like a poetry book launch, why wouldn't you spend it with the people you most want to celebrate? Another awesomely geeky story, this time about stem cell transplants, and how the immune response between guest and host went from threat to therapy.
Augmented reality! Smart cities! Free wifi for all! Shannon Mattern has an excellent and very readable explainer of the technology behind the buzzword, digital redlining, and the battle between financial titans to control this Next Big Thing. Also, she'll be appearing in conversation during Oyinkan Braithwaite's visit, August 2nd at the Elliott Bay Book Company starting at 7pm, where a copy of Hollow Kingdom will be raffled off. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of The Ten Thousand Doors of January , which is an utterly enchanting debut fantasy novel by Alix E Harrow.
Locke in a museum masquerading as a mansion of unusual artifacts. January finds a mysterious book that tells a strange and wondrous story and leads her to other worlds through magical doors. Alix E. Harrow writes beautifully and as I read it, I felt a Narnia-esque sense of wonder.
I am deciding between two delicious reads the story of my life. One is Bunny by Mona Awad , which I have been very impatiently waiting for. I love a conflation of nature writing and poetry. It would be neat to try to give these years a sort of virtual hug by choosing post-its on either side! It makes me bashful to print such things, but I want to save this text forever and publishing it seemed like a decent preservation method.
When I moved back from England 9 years ago it was sudden, awful. The stupid stupid reality of it was just my everyday, all the time. Just a week in, stunned and no idea what to do with myself, I could still tell how wonderful it was to finally live in the same city as each other again. My parents also took care of me—I was so grateful and embarrassed—I still am—above all grateful. The words in the art are what I wanted to say.
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As I see it, there are two main motivators for taking a writing class:. Being around other writers, and getting the chance to read their work, pass judgement, and get feedback on your writing. Which means your job — as a successful writer, mentor to other writers, and gatekeeper of hopes and dreams — is to impose those artificial deadlines, give good feedback, and facilitate discussion. Students who are dedicated Halo drones today can develop the discipline it takes to finish a manuscript five or ten years from now.
Then smile, take their money, and invest at least half in underwear lottery tickets. Herman Melville was born two-hundred years ago today. Happy birthday Herman! Have you ever noticed how great Melville was at naming? Moby Dick , or course. But Tyee? White Jacket? Bartleby, the Scrivener? Hey fans of meta-post-modernism! Did you know that Melville published The Confidence-Man on the day it was set?
And what about that opening of Moby Dick? Supplied by a Sub-Sub-Librarian "? Better than a David Foster Wallace footnote.
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Happy second century, Melville. An American original, a financial failure during his life, and now, amazingly respected, and two-hundred years old. Every month, Olivia Waite pulls back the covers, revealing the very best in new, and classic, romance. We're extending a hand to you. Won't you take it? And if you're still not sated, there's always the archives. I like it because I love letterpress, which shows us that printed books are the result of applied geography. To print text in a press, you need to bring paper, ink, and metal type into assertive contact.
It is so tempting to think of stories as nebulous mind-things, ethereal dream-pictures as fluid and untouchable as thought. Manuscripts written by authors are sent to New York for acquisition and editing, sent out to presses for printing with paper largely from China and Canada , collected in warehouses, then shipped to bookstores where finished volumes pause briefly on store shelves before coming to rest on the tottering nightstand stacks of hopeful readers. In this field of movement, New York sits on the history of American publishing like the proverbial bowling ball on the rubber sheet.
For a century and longer, hopeful young writers and editors moved to New York to try and get closer to the great, beating heart of the whole system. For example, I am writing this two blocks away from the Algonquin Round Table—though sadly not with a properly Parkeresque martini to hand. Well, semi-predictable. For a given value of predictable. Publishing is very, very weird.
Until the company got a market toehold. That in addition to tastes and trends that publishing can never perfectly anticipate, and which in earlier decades might never have had a chance to reach readers. Amazon was right to make self-publishing easy and accessible. We get to hear a lot more voices now than we did before.
Amazon did not do this as a favor, or because it was right. It will not be satisfied with New York. Amazon fought not to pay sales tax, demanded customer information from public libraries in exchange for Kindle loans, turned South Lake Union into a gentrified faux-place, demurred to support Seattle-based charities, overloaded public transit routes, sent neighborhood rents skyrocketing, and runs a network of warehouses that are horribly both Orwellian and Dickensian. Even the vaunted self-publishing revolution comes with squicky parts. Scammers are gaming bestseller lists with boxed sets and ghostwriters and paid reviews, bots are offering absurd algorithm-generated prices for hard-to-find texts, and getting plagiarists and unlicensed copies of your work taken down is a fiendish stall the likes of which not even Kafka could dream up.
Pick a title from the current IndieBound list, or use the site to find a bookstore near where you live. You can find indie bookstores that are romance-friendly on this crowdsourced map. August 17 is also Bookstore Romance Day , a day when indie bookstores and romance authors come together for mutual squee and swooning. Geography may be destiny, as the historians say—but we all know destiny is no match for true love. Certainly certified Rising Star Therese Beharrie is making a strong showing of doing just that, writing South African characters with local expertise and sensitivity.
The reader gets the sense not just of having visited Cape Town, but of what it feels like to live there. One Day to Fall does precisely what it promises: two strangers escaping from families in crisis resolve emotional issues and fall in love during the course of a single day.
The humor sucks you in and then oh no, there are so many feelings! She frowned. Had his eyes always been that colour? A deep brown that contrasted the lighter brown of his skin? And had he always looked so young? She was only twenty-six, but there were lines on her face. Perhaps the gods had seen into her soul and identified her as the raggedy old bitch she was.
Heroine Rhiannon is smart and ambitious and makes a lot of very understandable mistakes: she clings to her trauma coping mechanisms, she is prickly and suspicious, she has real baggage imperfectly wrestled with at the start of the story. But the narrative is not interested in punishing her for these faults, the way some romcoms might be looking at you, Bridget Jones. Our hero, strong, steady former pro football player Samson, has plenty of wounds of his own—deep losses that still hurt and that call him to prevent other people from suffering in similar ways family members lost to CTE and ALS.
Almost being the important word. And of course, this new perfect miniature gem from Cat Sebastian, loosely connected to her Turner series. A Little Light Mischief may be the most aptly titled novella I have ever read: if it were any fluffier, it would float right off my tablet and into the ether.
You could devour the whole thing in one gulp during a night of anxious insomnia ask me how I know! The prose-to-profanity ratio, though, is gratifyingly high for such a short book: we are dealing with working characters in the Regency, women with calloused hands and frank vocabularies and few scruples when it comes to putting food on the table. Molly is a buxom self-described lightskirt and erstwhile thief, and I adored her.
Both Alice and Molly are working for the wealthy Mrs. Wraxhall, whose eccentricities include being kind to her servants and not caring too much about their checkered pasts. The plot is better enjoyed than described, and the prose flowed so sweetly and beautifully along that at the end I was still hungry for more — this is more the amuse-bouche for a full-length novel than a meal unto itself.
Alice was momentarily taken aback. Justice was in the same category as diamonds and gold—utterly unavailable to her, and therefore not worth thinking about. She was rather surprised that Mrs. Wraxhall still believed in it.
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But then again, people clung to stupid ideas long past the point of reason. She glanced at the parcel in her hands. Hope was one of them. My dad was a real estate appraiser by trade, back when that was an independent profession and not something you were supposed to take on faith from the same big realtors who were selling you the home they fixed the value of I have Opinions about real estate that go way back. The plot of land on a backwoods lake purchased by my great-grandfather was intended as a camping spot but too many of us got interested in improving it as a side hobby—it started with a concrete foundation, then a one-story house, then a two-story house, with wraparound deck, then a dock and beach, then a landscaped garden.
All of this is just to say that I am definitely the target audience for this thoughtful, grounded novella about two urban planners seducing one another by describing historic architecture, apartment design, and city development. Oliver Huang and Fay Liu are both career-focused, but in distinctly different ways. The sex scenes feel juicy and lush but in a very modern way, like the kind of fashionable hand-knotted floral-patterned rug they sell for too much money at Anthropologie: somehow both cutting-edge and comforting at once.
He sank down into the couch with his eyes closed. The boy of my dreams. And a cleft chin. Do you have a book? Summer reading should be all about stretching out, catching up, sinking in to something you might not have time for during the rest of the working year.
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Ditto for pure escapist fluff, too, because life is hard and death comes quick and you deserve some time for just feeling good things about made-up people. Beau Crusoe is hands-down one of the strangest historical romances I have ever read. It sticks to the ribs of the mind. Also toucans in the foyer, the benefits and risks of civilization, and a sincerely adorable plot moppet. But if that brings something like an Archie comic to mind, with love triangles and neatly summarized plots, you are about to have your mind blown.
Little Teeth drops you into a group of anthropomorphic friends who live in a big city, and then it trusts you to figure everything out. You're not told the characters' names, or their relationships to each other. The story doesn't begin so much as continue around you on the first page. In a lot of ways, it perfectly mirrors the experience of starting at a new school in the middle of a school year, or moving to a new city and falling into a new group of friends.
You have to figure out from context who's fucking who, who hates who, and why. But please don't interpret that to mean that Little Teeth is a lot of work. In fact, it's a delight. These characters are fun; you want to get to know them all. They're humanized skunks and cats and dogs and mice, and they're queer and poly and curious and adventurous. In fact, Little Teeth feels breezy and light. Frances draws with a light line, and the book's neon pink highlights give the story a summery, youthful vibe. Little Teeth in many ways has the vibe of an early Fantagraphics book — in particular, the punky in-your-face-ness of Love and Rockets.
These are fallible, decent characters trying to make their way in a world with no adult supervision. It's better, and worse, than they ever imagined it could be. Once in a while, I take a new book with me to lunch and give it a half an hour or so to grab my attention. Lunch Date is my judgment on that speed-dating experience.
Yes, that Sylvia Plath. Super Six , the Columbia City outpost of the Marination chain of restaurants. Positively delightful. At 11 am, after skipping breakfast, few meals perfectly sate your hunger like a Loco Moko. I'm a fan of everything that Marination does, but Super Six is my favorite of their restaurants, and while there are plenty of great meals on the menu, this is the one I keep coming back for. In one of the corn fields a scarecrow caught her eye, crossed staves propped aslant, and the corn husks rotting under it. The dark ragged coat wavered in the wind, empty, without substance.
And below the ridiculous figure black crows were strutting to and fro, pecking for grains in the dry ground. I mean, it's a ten dollar, page book with immense font size and huge spacing between lines, so I read it all over lunch. Unfortunately, it's not good.
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And it's not really a surprise that it's not good: Plath wrote the story in college, so it's all full of heavy symbolism and bad writing and on-the-nose descriptions. It honestly feels very exploitative to read this book, and while juvenalia has its place, I wish this story had been collected with some of Plath's other work, to remind us that she eventually became a great writer. For completists only. There are all kinds of love: romantic love, a love of place, a love of art.
But poetry we think just comes from one's journal, and it's not a crafted thing. What I mean by the word "personal" in this context is that it's deeply considered, and it's delivered with an intimacy that feels striking, as though she's in front of you, staring you in the eyes. These poems examine huge questions of history and geography and race and power, and then they bring those examinations back to a more intimate level. The book is punctuated with a series of devastating poetic investigations printed in white on a solid black background. And so I think that that form came out of me just being annoyed by people's questions.
But then comes the inevitable reply: "I hate, hate, hate, hate — I fucking hate — the follow-up," she says. To relate the question, she adopts a coy voice: "No, I mean really where are you from? But, I mean, like where are your parents from? And it made me think, 'where is a way I can get to the truth through song or through lyric while answering these? So it became kind of like a call and response for myself, which was kind of cathartic.
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