It's been a little bit of a while because I just moved, okay? I know you've all been breathless.
Exciting News Break #1
Someone actually signed up for the Genre City Newsletter. Next Stop: Two Subscribers!
There Have Actually Been A Lot Of Things Catching My Attention Lately
This looks so awesomely cute and violent and great. I subtitled the Barbelith thread, "Watership Down By Law". My, aren't I clever.
Legitimately funny and home of the most convincing image of Katherine Pryde ever released. Sold.
The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1
This thing is so effortlessly beautiful, it will restore your faith in comic art.
What more can I say?
Manga Is Slowly Garnering My Attention
Over the past couple of days, I've picked up Mahromatic, Kiss Me Kill Me, Iron Wok Jan, Getbackers, Negima, and Kare Kano. I've been hard pressed to find any consistent Manga Review site, except for the marvelous Previews Review. Once I read this large batch of stuff (along with the large batch of stuff I didn't get to read before the move and from this week's paltry batch of new comics) I will most likely have some words.
David Foster Wallace Writes Well About Math
Everything And More is very entertaining and readable. Even if you don't generally like math. It's reminded me how much I love Wallace's voice. He was very nice when I met him, too.
The Second Issue Of The Believer Is Turning Out To Be Better Than The First
No small feat, that. I've been buying The Believer monthly since it came out but have made no attempts to really read it. Same goes for McSweeney's product. I rabidly seek it out and then put it on the shelf, where it remains pretty. But I finally decided to at least get through the issues of The Believer I had and the first issue was a crackerjack. Got me interested in the work of Susan Straight, had a great chat with Beth Orton and some wonderful writing on Dickens, along with a nice opening salvo from Heidi Julavits (whose name I had been misreading in my head pretty much since the first time I saw it), among tons of other fascinating things. The second issue has a great piece by Sven Birkerts that sums up and validates much of what I love in contemporary literature. Thank you, Sven. I am less ashamed. I really don't get the backlash that nearly all McSweeney's products get. Sure, the Achewood strip was classic and very apt, but all too often the stuff is pigeon holed as one thing when its clearly not. A mag like The Believer shows this very well. There's such a wide array of subject matter that, well, I just can't see slamming their output because of one small segment of it.
Wow! What a recap.
Quick Notes: Sunday's Sopranos was so great, and even better having been titled "Unidentified Black Males", and if every episode was that good, I'd understand. Last week's Angel was jaw dropping. Kill Bill Vol. 2 was better than Vol. 1, mainly because it didn't frighten me as much and I am a big baby. I no longer have DVR, so it's so long West Wing until the summer starts. Not that I'm too concerned. Scrubs is a great show.