This week Mike read The Replacements - Let it Be (33 1/3) by Colin Meloy:
"Colin Meloy, frontman and mastermind of the Decemberists, writes about his lifelong relationship with this Replacements album with an endearing eloquence, as he moves through the various stages of his social life and its relationship to the music he loves. Ultimately, the book is more a memoir of Meloy's time growing up in Montana than it is about Let it Be, but these accounts still manage to make clear his adoration for the album. Some of my favorite parts were his descriptions of elementary and middle school life, as he grappled for an identity amongst his peers, wanting to be a 'punk' and not a 'poser', a common trouble among those crazy kids growing up in the 80s."
Lauren read Or Else #1 by Kevin Huizenga:
"I found the art in this book to be well done. Most of the panels are not very detailed but the ones with more to them are very nice. The style reminds me of Jordan Crane.
My favorite story is 'NST '04'. It's about a guy and his girl's insomnia and has them hanging out at an all night diner with various characters. I also enjoyed the last few pages, a story called 'Jeezoh' that describes statues that are left on graves in the midwest to save the souls of babies that die. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this artist's work."
Benn read The Affected Provincial's Almanack by Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy:
"I'm a fan of the Farmer's Almanac (each year for Christmas I get one from an aunt), and long have I waited for someone to tackle and revamp the Almanac format. Eric Utne did that a bit with Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac, but it still had that, um, warm Utne Reader feel. Finally, fresh from the unfortunate implosion of The Philadelphia Independent comes Lord Whimsy, a dandy for today, with his very own Almanac, loaded with wonderful diagrams, illustrations and essays all relating to, that's right, the 'ancient charm' of Dandyism (which, let's face it, is what the modern hipster is - only less refined and more poorly dressed). The essays concern Dandyism vs. Foppery, vs. Bohemianism, vs. The Guy, etc. Funny, flowery, and totally written like a dandy!"