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  • MONEYBALL AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FAILURE

    MONEYBALL AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FAILURE

    On Michael Lewis’s Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game


  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    a big list of stuff I’m reading / watching / looking at / listening to


  • THE POWER OF MYTH AND JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON ART-MAKING

    THE POWER OF MYTH AND JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON ART-MAKING

    Joseph Campbell on “sacred spaces” and how and what you should read.


  • DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS BY JOE BAGEANT

    DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS BY JOE BAGEANT

    Book review and mindmap of Joe Bageant’s DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS: DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA’S CLASS WAR.


  • A FEW GOOD READS

    A FEW GOOD READS

    Mini Book review (s) of: Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine, The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd, Crickets #2 by Sammy Harkham, Big Questions by Anders Nilsen, and The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch.


  • THINKING WITH TYPE BY ELLEN LUPTON

    THINKING WITH TYPE BY ELLEN LUPTON

    Book review and mindmap of THINKING WITH TYPE by Ellen Lupton.


  • IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: AN EATER’S MANIFESTO BY MICHAEL POLLAN

    IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: AN EATER’S MANIFESTO BY MICHAEL POLLAN

    A mindmap and book review of Michael Pollan’s IN DEFENSE OF FOOD.


  • MUSICOPHILIA BY OLIVER SACKS

    MUSICOPHILIA BY OLIVER SACKS

    A mindmap and book review of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks.


  • DON’T MAKE ME THINK BY STEVE KRUG

    DON’T MAKE ME THINK BY STEVE KRUG

    Illustrated notes on the web usability classic.


  • THE GIFT BY LEWIS HYDE

    THE GIFT BY LEWIS HYDE

    Mindmap of The Gift by Lewis Hyde.


  • THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK

    THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK

    Why did I read Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek?


  • STEVE MARTIN ON STAND-UP COMEDY

    STEVE MARTIN ON STAND-UP COMEDY

    Mindmap of Steve Martin’s stand-up memoir, BORN STANDING UP.


  • ON SCHULZ AND PEANUTS BY DAVID MICHAELIS

    A mindmap and my thoughts on David Michaelis’s biography, Schulz and Peanuts. A shopping list of better ways to get aquainted with Schulz.


  • MY READING YEAR, 2007

    MY READING YEAR, 2007

    Ten good books I read in 2007.


  • JOHN PORCELLINO’S PERFECT EXAMPLE: REMIX

    JOHN PORCELLINO’S PERFECT EXAMPLE: REMIX

    A “remix” of drawings from John Porcellino’s PERFECT EXAMPLE.


  • CUTTING AND PASTING THE GOSPELS

    CUTTING AND PASTING THE GOSPELS

    On Stephen Mitchell’s THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS and Thomas Jefferson’s cut-up version of the gospels, (aka The Jefferson Bible).


  • THE POLITICAL BRAIN BY DREW WESTEN

    THE POLITICAL BRAIN BY DREW WESTEN

    Mind map I drew while reading Drew Westen’s highly recommended book, THE POLITICAL BRAIN.


  • DOUGLAS WOLK’S READING COMICS AND KURT VONNEGUT’S SIRENS OF TITAN

    DOUGLAS WOLK’S READING COMICS AND KURT VONNEGUT’S SIRENS OF TITAN

    Sketchbook reviews of Douglas Wolk’s READING COMICS and Kurt Vonnegut’s SIRENS OF TITAN.


  • WAKE ME UP!

    WAKE ME UP!

    I’ve been in a funk lately, and I’m dying for a good book to read.


  • DO WHAT YOU ARE

    DO WHAT YOU ARE

    Books on careers and personality type, including DO WHAT YOU ARE.


  • R. CRUMB ON COLLECTING AND DAVID KUNZLE’S THE EARLY COMIC STRIP

    R. CRUMB ON COLLECTING AND DAVID KUNZLE’S THE EARLY COMIC STRIP

    On the amassing of influence and comics as a collage glued together by the unity of style.


  • KUNZLE’S HISTORY OF THE COMIC STRIP, VOLS. 1 & 2

    KUNZLE’S HISTORY OF THE COMIC STRIP, VOLS. 1 & 2

    “Kunzle’s book…has gone virtually unnoticed by the comics community but is an enormously important work, covering nearly 400 years of forgotten European comics. Check it out!” —Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics Unfortunately, the two volumes of David Kunzle’s mammoth study are long out of print, and the used copies are selling on Amazon for hundreds of […]


  • ESPRESSO + LIBRARYTHING

    ESPRESSO + LIBRARYTHING

    Trying my best to copy Don, I bought an espresso machine and started playing around with LibraryThing. It’s my day off, so I’m going to spend it on caffeine, reading like a madman, and blogging like crazy to make up for the severe lack of posts lately. Stay tuned. As for the reading: In addition […]


  • MY READING YEAR, 2006

    MY READING YEAR, 2006

    Top ten favorite books I read in 2006.


  • DOUBLE-SPACED, 12 POINT, TIMES NEW ROMAN STRAIGHTJACKET

    DOUBLE-SPACED, 12 POINT, TIMES NEW ROMAN STRAIGHTJACKET

    Short week, this week, what with the holiday coming up and all. Had a marvelous weekend full of running around and reading books. My reading habits are fluctuating wildly these days between non-fiction, books on design, and comic books. Not too much interest in prose fiction at the moment, although I’ve been dipping into Oliver […]


  • SKULKING AROUND BARNES AND NOBLE

    SKULKING AROUND BARNES AND NOBLE

    I really need to get an office. Right now, our living room doubles as my workspace, and that’s bad, because when I step into the room in the morning, I don’t know whether to write, or take a nap on the couch. It’s better today, because the radio’s on, and there’s actually SUNLIGHT coming in […]


  • STAR WARS AND COUGH DROPS

    STAR WARS AND COUGH DROPS

    It seems like just about everybody has the plague these days, and over at our place it’s no different. I spent the weekend recovering from the crud, watching the Star Wars trilogy on DVD, reading comic books and Elmore Leonard, and eating like a hog. (Starve a fever, feed a cold.) The best thing about […]


  • THE HEROES IN THIS BATTLE ARE DUMPSTER DIVERS AND PACKRATS

    THE HEROES IN THIS BATTLE ARE DUMPSTER DIVERS AND PACKRATS

    I’ve been thinking lately about paper. After the Great Powerbook Crash of ’06, I’m growing ever more skeptical of digital media. Even though I do a great deal of my drawing on the computer, I’m rediscovering the joy and permanence of filling notebooks. And ever since we had to cancel our subscription to the New […]


  • HAVING OUR CAKE, AND EATING IT TOO

    HAVING OUR CAKE, AND EATING IT TOO

    Spent the weekend travelling to Cincinnati and Oxford, planning for our wedding. If you’ve never been cake tasting, I highly recommend it. Just pretend you’re having a wedding, set up an appointment at a bakery, show up, and cake is brought out to you to taste! For free! Bring as many people as you can […]


  • MO’ BOOKS, MO’ PROBLEMS

    MO’ BOOKS, MO’ PROBLEMS

    After reading her short comic, “The Squirrel Mother,” I am a new fan of Megan Kelso. Check out this interview, where she talks about wanting to do something with pictures and words, but not finding the form of comics until her 20s. The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project blog has cool posts on everything from drawing […]


  • WRITING AND DRAWING, DRAWING AND WRITING

    WRITING AND DRAWING, DRAWING AND WRITING

    Italo Calvino on Leonardo Da Vinci giving up painting to express himself through writing and drawing. From his book, SIX MEMOS FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM.


  • (DELIBERATE) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    (DELIBERATE) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Another 900-page academic book proves what most artists already know to be true: that “talent is highly overrated,” “practice makes perfect,” and “when it comes to choosing a life path, you should do what you love.” The key, what some of us might not be so aware of, is “deliberate practice”: “setting specific goals, obtaining […]


  • WHEN WILL I BE BLOWN UP?

    WHEN WILL I BE BLOWN UP?

    Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only one question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of […]


  • ON THE BRAIN: COMICS, UFOs, & MFA PROGRAMS

    ON THE BRAIN: COMICS, UFOs, & MFA PROGRAMS

    A trio of Peter Orner stories available to read online: “On a Bridge Over the Homochito“, “Off the C-34: Stories from Goas Farm“, and “Meyer and Silla.” Vonnegut on Bookworm. The latest project from FOUND’s editor Jason Bitner is a collection of 18,000 studio portraits taken of people living in a small town over four […]


  • AND NOW I WILL DECLARE MY LOVE FOR BLACK SABBATH

    AND NOW I WILL DECLARE MY LOVE FOR BLACK SABBATH

    Recipe for a kick-ass drive to work: Black Sabbath’s PARANOID. (First heard, coincidentally, in Sean’s Golf.) I can usually get through “War Pigs” and “Paranoid” by the time I get to the library. Most people only credit Ozzy’s vox and Tommy Iommi’s guitar work for Sabbath’s greatness, but the rhythm section was unbelievably heavy and […]


  • THE NEW DIET

    THE NEW DIET

    Best job in the world: writing about Ghostface Killah for lame-o New Yorker readers. I’ve heard the album, and it is great. (A fun note: Ghostface comes right after George Saunders on my Ipod artists menu.) If your eyeball pops out of socket…panic. (I would.) Anders Nilsen’s illustrations for Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales. Chapter […]


  • DRAWING CRUMBY COMICS AND LISTENING TO KID A

    DRAWING CRUMBY COMICS AND LISTENING TO KID A

    “Actually, a lot of these poses in these panels I took from freeze-framing the Fly Girls on In Living Color.” – R. Crumb Meghan says KID A is the ultimate work-in-the-studio-with-headphones album. If, like me, you’ve been out of touch with your Radiohead fandom, check out their blog. Lots of cool pictures recording the new […]


  • IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW

    IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW

    meghan’s bookshelf. (it’s official, folks!)


  • AS LONG AS IT ISN’T BORING

    AS LONG AS IT ISN’T BORING

    Next month is Small Press Month.    Last year was actually a pretty good year for short fiction: the Story Prize has recommendations.  (See if you can match the recommendations with the advisory board.)  I like Maureen McHugh’s book a lot (and I liked her reading at Mac’s way back too) and her blog posts are very […]


  • GROUNDHOGS, DOGS, MICE, AND OULIPO

    GROUNDHOGS, DOGS, MICE, AND OULIPO

    Librarian/dork alert: Find in a Library uses Google and WorldCat to find out whether a book is in a library near you.  This could make my life a whole lot easier.


  • A FEW COMIC BOOKS AND DON QUIXOTE

  • ERIC PUCHNER THROUGH THE ROOF

    ERIC PUCHNER THROUGH THE ROOF

    On Charles Baxter’s recommendation, I checked out Eric Puchner‘s first book of short stories, MUSIC THROUGH THE FLOOR. The book really knocked me out. The stories are funny and sad and painted with honest details. There’s nothing close to a dud in the batch. From the NYTimes review: Some of Puchner’s stories are laugh-aloud funny. […]


  • BOOK REVIEW: BLACK HOLE

    BOOK REVIEW: BLACK HOLE

    Charles Burns’ BLACK HOLE is a graphic novel set in a Seattle suburb during the 70s. It follows a group of horny teenagers who contract an STD that basically turns them into mutants: they grow tails, they shed skins, some even grow second mouths. I decided to pick it up after listening to a pretty […]


  • BOOK REVIEW: LOVESICK BLUES

    BOOK REVIEW: LOVESICK BLUES

    LOVESICK BLUES by Paul Hemphill LOVESICK BLUES is a bare-bones telling of the life of Hank Williams, written with the love of a true fan. Hemphill makes a Southern, blue-collar point to strip away anything unnecessary, (page count: 210) and that’s probably what makes the book such a compulsive read from start to finish. Wiliams […]



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