23 March 2009

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

What is left to say about Watchmen these days? That finishing this extraordinary graphic novel and watching Synecdoche, New York on the same day can make just about anyone depressed?

Even though my firm belief still is that Hollywood started filming all our favourite comics far too early (believable 3D still takes years to make), I will definitely go see the movie. And most probably hate it.

16 March 2009

When I'm 83

If I'm still alive by 80+, I wish I'll be and look something like Mahasweta Devi.
"The pattern shifts, flows, stutters, forms again and changes shape from one season to the other. I see one India in the pattern. You see another. Light and shadow play. History and modernity collide. Superstition and myth, Rabindrasangeet and rap, Sufi and Shia and Sunni, caste and computers, text and sub-plot, laughter and tears, governments and oppositions, reservations and quotas, struggles and captivity, success and achievement, hamburgers and Hari Om Hari, Sanskrit and sms, the smell of rain and the sound of the sea. A seamless stitching."

More of this beautiful speech held at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2006 here.

15 March 2009

In Between

My mind is messy. I've been working non-stop and tending to family issues. And I've been a lousy reader. But I quit smoking January 2, holy cow!

At the moment I'm trying to focus on reading Watchmen for the first time (and I'm calling myself a graphic novel geek, what a joke), the second Maggie & Hopey volume, that ol' Allen Carr smoking cessation book, the latest issue of my favourite Swedish feminist magazine Bang and some important psychology stuff. Plus a few novels that I can't choose between, as usual.

10 March 2009

Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez

I love love love love Hopey Glass.