Finally the new Thomas Ott (remember the last). I was going to save it for the perfect reading moment, but literally halfway out of bed this morning I figured I could at least have a little look at the first page - and before I knew it half an hour had past and 100 or so pages had ben scanned. Couldn't help it. I blame the genius. Oh, and it seems like it's his first full-length graphic novel, too.
Over at Fantagraphics there's a downloadable chapter for registered users, they also put up this on their Flickr.
I know I've been writing about not finishing before, out of those I've actually only finished number 2 and 3 on the list. This here is more like some projects I'll try to take on this summer:
Diaries: Lars Norén - En Dramatikers dagbok The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath The Diary of Virginia Woolf (1915-1919)
Coming of Age: Angelica Garnett - Deceived with Kindness Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Jenny Erpenbeck - Wörterbuch Nina Bouraoui - La Vie Heureuse Mare Kandre - Aliide, Aliide Maria Gripe - Skuggan över Stenbänken Katarina Frostenson - Berättelser från Dom
Poetry: Ted Hughes - Birthday Letters
Short Stories: Franz Kafka - En Svältkonstnär (the short stories published during K's lifetime)
Non-Fiction: Susan Sontag - Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors Nancy Huston - Journal de la Création Katarina Wennstam - En Riktig Våldtäktsman Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own
Fiction: Djuna Barnes - Nightwood Ying Chen - Immobile Lotta Lotass - Min Röst Skall Nu Komma från En Annan Plats i Rummet Jeanette Winterson - Gut Symmetries Marisha Pessl - Special Topics in Calamity Physics Russell Hoban - Turtle Diary (re-read)
1. She always did my eggs runny although I hated it (I still shiver at the mere thought) 2. She kept on reading Struwwelpeter (Pelle Snusk) to me although it scared the s**t out of me (and still kind of does)
Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman (1809-1894) was written as a children's book and I bet the parents of the mid-1840's thought it was really practical and nice to teach their kids some good ol' morals. What good it was to me I'm much less sure of, I was scared to death by Slovenly Peter and even more by the tailor in The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb:
"The door flew open, in he ran, The great, long, red-legged scissorman. Oh! children, see! the tailor's come And caught our little Suck-a-Thumb.
Snip! Snap! Snip! the scissors go; And Conrad cries out - Oh! Oh! Oh! Snip! Snap! Snip! They go so fast; That both his thumbs are off at last."
It did not make me quit sucking my thumbs, neither to stop biting my nails.