December 2, 2012 |
My 14-year-old daughter, Sophie, is an indiscriminate reader. I don't mean in terms of what she reads - her taste ("Twilight," "Pretty Little Liars") is quite specific - but how: She moves from print to digital, phone to iPad to computer, without a second thought. I have to tell you that I love this, and not only because I love her. No, it's the fluidity that attracts me, the flexibility, the notion that she is oblivious to the boundaries, a digital native for whom "either/or" is irrelevant in a world where the more interesting and engaging choice is "and/both.
February 8, 2004 |
The Partisan Review may have folded in the last year, but alienation and ennui are alive and well in American letters. Ironically, at the same time that comic-book protagonists have earned a new literary respect, they have lost the ability to transform themselves. Instead of going from estranged loner to confident superhero, they remain alienated nebbishes -- as estranged as any hero before he dons his cape.
November 21, 2012 |
I can't imagine a better editor for “The Best American Comics 2012” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 360 pp., $25) than Françoise Mouly . Co-founder (with her husband Art Spiegelman) of the legendary “comix” magazine RAW and long-time art editor of the New Yorker, she has been on the comics scene since before there was a comics scene, and is a key figure in the ongoing evolution of the form. As she explains in her introduction (itself a four-page strip that appropriates the styles of, among others, Maira Kalman , Roz Chast , Ben Katchor , Charles Burns and Lynda Barry : “When I started RAW magazine, in the '80s … there were mostly superheroes, a few children's comics … and the dirty, intentionally lowbrow, underground comix.
May 30, 2003 |
Fantagraphics Books, the Seattle publishing house that for nearly three decades has been the most stirring and cerebral force in graphic novels and cartooning, announced Thursday that it may soon be forced to close. Citing a distribution deal that soured badly and an overstocked warehouse, the company, owned by Gary Groth and Kim Thompson, posted a plea for fans to buy its books over the next month to avert a debt deadline that will shutter the doors.
February 22, 2010
BOOKS Gabriel Thompson The author of "Working in the Shadows" spent a backbreaking year laboring alongside Latino immigrants to gather material for his expose of the harsh underside of the American economy. He'll present and sign his book, which outlines the many struggles of the working poor. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com. Joel Kotkin Can you imagine an America with an extra East Coast's worth of people? Get ready, says author Kotkin in his book, "The Next Hundred Million," which lays out the many political, economic and resource challenges of dealing with such a fast-growing population -- and how the United States can use the extra numbers to its advantage.
August 25, 2006 |
Buoyed by last year's success, the First Amendment Project again will auction off character-naming rights in forthcoming works by prominent authors, including Carl Hiaasen, Lorrie Moore and Edward P. Jones. The 2005 online auction raised $150,000 for the Oakland-based nonprofit and thrilled nearly two dozen fans who paid to see their names in print, according to Executive Director David Greene. The project is dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression and petition.