Books

15TH OF JULY, THE YEAR 2007

THE ROAD, BY CORMAC MCCARTHY

The RoadWhat’s this, literature? Must be Christmas booty. And indeed it is. I remember reading that Harold Bloom freaking loved McCarthy, and this book is ostensibly science fiction, regarding a father and son making their way across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, so it has to be sort of good right? Not really. What this book is is bleak. Really bleak. Occasionally horrific, always beautifully written, but monotonously, droningly bleak. I didn’t go in hoping for Mad Max or something, or even a plot. I just wanted a little more than constant, unending suffering. Maybe some hint at a thought, a message, beyond, “You can suffer more than you think . . . and canned peaches are actually kinda good.” Anyway, probably well above my head. Last McCarthy for me, thanks.

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9TH OF JULY, THE YEAR 2007

PREACHER: GONE TO TEXAS, BY GARTH ENNIS & STEVE DILLON

Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to TexasPreacher is one of those classic old Vertigo series that everyone loves and I see every time I’m in the store but never pick up because it looks like a silly horror series. Well, turns out it is a silly horror series, but it’s a pretty excellent silly horror series. I think Ennis & Dillon maybe have been intentionally trying to live up to the old accusations of 50s cultural critic Fredric Wertham, who figured comic books were turning America’s youth into sex-crazed murderers. Graphic violence abounds, faces are shot off, peeled off, maybe burned off, limbs are lost, gruesome injuries and deformities sustained.

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26TH OF JUNE, THE YEAR 2007

CURSES, BY KEVIN HUIZENGA

CursesAnother graphic novel I picked up at a whim, a whim largely underpinned by the presence of birds on the cover…

26TH OF JUNE, THE YEAR 2007

CARTOGRAPHY

Agh, been bad again. Another dry spell. I have had things to write about in the past month, but now they’re gone. Instead, I present you with a map my brother and I presented to my sister to guide her through her future haunts.

Marauder's Map of Williams

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