Friday, October 30, 2009

LISTEN TO THIS: Amy Millan: Masters Of The Burial

One of my favorite albums this year was Masters Of The Buriel by Amy Millan. I highly recommend checking it out.
If you don't know of it, check out this (great) free track on stereogum: http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/amy_millan_covers_death_cab_for_cutie_stereogum_pr_084261.html
then buy it on itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/masters-burial/id327854954

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Linkage.

Some links for the one person still reading this blog:
This week I'm going to a lot of readings at the International Festival Of Authors in Toronto. For all Toronto readers of this blog, I recommend checking it out. http://www.readings.org/
My new favorite blog is Every Nine Days: I mean, one women Beatles! Awesome! Great singing, guitar playing, clapping etc.
I read French Milk by Lucy Knisly and have started to follow her blog where she often posts great diary comics. (including a sadly true one about Twilight)
Speaking of diary comics, Gabrielle Bell has started to post her amazing comics online!

READ THIS: The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie sat on my shelf, unread, for over two years since I first bought it. When I first started to read it, it felt quite alike to various other problem books I had read so I put it down. I was surprised to find one of the freshest, funnest and best books I've read this year. This week, for whatever reason, I finally read it. The book tells the story of Junior who has grown up on a reservation but decides to leave the reservation school to seek a better life in a school of all white students. The good thing about Junior is that being a Spokane Indian, that is not taken as his main character trait. By this I mean he is a normal boy growing up in difficult circumstances. description of life on the reservation is quite sad and desolate. The escape from the reservation Junior goes through is uplifting in surprising non-cliched ways. It was truthfully fun to read this book. It is a testament to Sherman Alexie's talent how in a book with so much humor it is about thoroughly serious subjects. READ IT!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The New Blog...

As you might have noticed, my blogging has become scarce and rare. This blog has had a cloud of dust swiftly circling the pages. Noticing this, I thought it was time for a change. This is why I have decided to open a new blog. The blog, Reading Comix, is going to include reviews of new comics and graphic novels, coverage of comic book events and more.
Check it out: http://readingcomix.blogspot.com/
(no, despite how the post makes it sound, this blog is not shutting down. the comics coverage has just been moved to the other blog)