What I Read In March 2015

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As you can see, I read a lot of comic books in March. I also decided this month that rather than reading only books by women this year, I’d read mostly books by women. My main focus in comic books has been Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, begun in 2000 to give new readers a chance to get started without needing all the continuity from decades of stories in the main Marvel universe. So I’ve been reading those in order. I also started reading Brian K. Vaughan’s amazing series Saga, and G. Willow Wilson’s wonderful Ms. Marvel, which features a Muslim-American teenage girl as its protagonist. On the book side, I read Linda Barry’s excellent One Hundred Demons; In The Land Of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent; a collection of photos of Muhammad Ali from the Magnum library; Sylvia Plath’s Ariel; and Blessed Are The Dead, the third book in Malla Nunn’s detective series set in 1950s South Africa. Oh, and a fabulous book by Chris Taylor called How Star Wars Conquered The Universe.

What I Read In February

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I read nine books in January, but just three in February. I think I watched more movies in February, and also did more writing, particularly comedy writing. Left to right: Let The Dead Lie and A Beautiful Place To Die by Malla Nunn, and Just Kids by Patti Smith.

The Deadly Praying Mantis!

We shipped this book out to a customer today. I dig the whole cover, but especially the human-sized praying mantis illustrations in the side boxes. Seems like just having a human-sized mantis would even more useful than learning kung fu.

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What I Read In January

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Left to right: Marbles by Ellen Forney; The Sonnets by Sandra Simmonds; Twilight by Stephanie Meyer; And She Was by Alison Gaylin; Meaty by Samantha Irby; Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur; Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine; Vivian Apple At The End Of The World by Katie Coyle.