For the past few years I've been keeping a log of my reading. Last year was pretty pathetic and I lost track around August or so. But I've been inspired by largehearted boy's 52 Book project and this year I plan to keep up and finish something every day, whether it's a magazine, zine, book, comic or paper. If it's a publication, it's up for some reading.
Everyone one else here at Atomic is also up for brief Friday reviews on the blog. So here are a few things we've read this past week:
What could be more perfect than Time Enough at Last to start off this section? AJ Michael's one shots are always a treat, and for list lovers, like myself, this one may be the best yet. A list of all her reads from last year - from classics to current zines, fiction, non-fiction, comix, etc. I got a vicarious sense of achievement!
Benn read Flaming Carrot #1 by Bob Burden:
"It's great to see the absurdist Flaming Carrot back in action. While I chuckled out loud at a couple parts, in George Bush Amerika I was given pause at the anti-Political Correctness theme (a tired joke for alterna-comix) and the reference to Bill O'Rielly. So, I'm kinda mixed."
Maggie read Belly Button #2 by Sophie Crumb:
"The second half of her story 'The Post-Card Seller' had a rather disappointing ending, but that's real life for ya. The story 'My Illustrated Diary of the Last 6 Months' which takes up an entire half of the issue was shocking in its sleazyness and honesty as Sophie reviewed her return to the US."
And Mike read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (smarty Mike picked a book that we carry in the store but missed putting up on the site. Jesus, Mike! You want me to link to Amazon or something?!):
"I had no trouble getting furiously obsessed with this 700 page book about a book about a documentary on a black hole of a house that never existed. Some might say the author's use of upside down text, one word pages, and ten page footnotes is pretentious, but it's easy to confuse pretentiousness with ambition, which I never felt took away from the narrative. Ultimately, the book is as compelling as it is horrifying, and will swallow your time and soul as easily as the house does its victims."
"If you like your books long, confusing, and scary, this one's for you."