#2 Daniel Clowes – Justin M Damiano
This is a
graphic short story. – I don’t know much about graphic novels in general. My best friend likes them and tries to talk to me about them; and I feel
compassion for him since he’s not able to communicate to me what it is he finds in them which touches his soul. – So the truth is I couldn’t really
say what the merits and the demerits of this graphic short story are. The ideas contained in it are perhaps anathema to me: a young film-critic
pretends to like art-house cinema to impress a girl (seriously, if his love of films is so shallow, how come he became a film-critic?). He writes a
bad review of a film by a director for whom he’d previously written a good review. Moment of epiphany and stuff.
The drawing seems pretty
simple, but I’ve no criteria by which to judge it. – I liked the fact that the hero’s thought were often superimposed on the speech-bubbles of the
other characters so that you couldn’t read them. Then again, for all I know, this might be a hackneyed commonplace.
#3 A L Kennedy –
I liked this story – which is no surprise, since in these projects it always seems to be A L Kennedy I like the most. In fact,
she’s the only one of this type of writer whose works I’ve ever read – or feel I’ve wanted to read – outside these little projects of mine; –
though the particular short story collection I’m on at the moment I’ve left aside for a while (perhaps a year), so maybe I’m not all that
Still, there’s something about Kennedy’s tales – something very dark and troubling and horrific, which makes her work seem
striking (particularly amongst other works of even mediocrity and tone) and idiosyncratic. They are different too in that they’re often charged with
emotion: – it may for a time be withheld and restrained, but usually it is intense and it is destroying these people from within. I like her strange,
disturbing world. – All I would complain about in this is her odd abnormal usage of words, which – while trying to attain, no doubt, to a poetic prose
– breaks up the rhythm of her writing for me: – “a pounce of bad weather “, “the drops legging down”, “the tiles were fairly smooth, but still
confused his fluid into throwing out fine liquid spines”, “he removed his hat and then settled it back on again” – which I just find irritating in a
#4 ZZ Packer – Gideon
Amiable style, short, moment of epiphany, nothing much to say, by the book,
not of any interest.