Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Joining Ginny for Yarn Along today.
On the needles, a pair of simple socks. Currently reading and completely engrossed by the graphic novel by Seth called It's a Good Life, If You Weaken. Yes, I said graphic novel. It was a Christmas present from my brother-in-law who has been attempting to bring me over to the dark side, the dark side being the world of graphic novels. (Mike just smirks when I call such book graphic novels. "You mean comic book.") Well, he succeeded several years ago. I even have a small collection of comic books on my book shelf. But this book is different. It is actually a novel but it just happens to be in the form of a comic book. The drawings are beautiful, simple but dotted with the details of everyday life.
On his quest to find information about a New Yorker cartoonist from the '40s, the main character, a cartoonist himself, returns to his childhood home. "Often when you return to a place you knew only as a child, you discover how empty and unfamiliar that place has become. I don't know anything here. What I knew was how the grass looked between the curb and the sidewalk . . . or which tree in the backyard had the hornet's nest . . . or where the big puddle always formed after a rain."