22 June 2008



Always bad news from the Ouija board


16 June 2008

The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott


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.

By the way, fans of Ott might want to have a look at the wonderful cover for Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle:


That whole Penguin series with favourite artists' jackets I would like to have just to hold. Anders Nilsen, Daniel Clowes, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, it's too much!

09 June 2008

Not Finishing #2 - Summer Plans


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:

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

Ted Hughes - Birthday Letters

Short Stories:
Franz Kafka - En Svältkonstnär (the short stories published during K's lifetime)

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

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

Yeah well. Let's see.

07 June 2008

The Horror #1


My grandmother was persistent when I was a kid:

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.

Read it all here.

Read a new take on the stories here.

01 June 2008

No Tears for Queers by Johan Hilton


Swedish journalist Johan Hilton's report on gay men and hate crimes really got to me. Well-written and on point, oftentimes haunting, quite a page turner.

Read an excerpt (in Swedish).