Posts Tagged ‘Robert Crumb’

This Week’s Reading, 06.05.12

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

This week: Ion Barladeanu, Rabelais’ cyclops, book carvings and more.

Drawings from François Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel

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This Week’s Reading, 29.4.12

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

This week: Robert Crumb, Ezra Pound, orgies in space and more. (more…) more»

The Sickness

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Bestsellers make money. They do. And they get written about. Take John Locke. And money is great because you can get stuff and live. But to me, bestselling books are a sick marketing exercise, nothing less than playing on the fantasies of the masses. (more…) more»

Long Live Harvey Pekar

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Harvey Pekar was a talented comic book writer and music critic.

I remember when I first watched the American Splendor film. I wasn’t expecting it to be as funny, dry and realistic as it turned out to be. I wasn’t expecting anything and it blew me away. So I went and immediately bought the American Splendor graphic novel which turned out to be superior to the film. Here were stories of Harvey Pekar’s day to day life, of his work colleagues, obsessions, neurotic thoughts and behaviour, Harvey relentlessly grappling with working life. Here was somebody who put everything into publishing his own comic book, who became an underground hero and who continued to work the same dull job for the rest of his life. This was no celebrity, no fifteen minute wannabe, you got no laugh a minute catchphrase. (more…) more»