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What I Read In May

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I read just nine books in May, largely because one of them was a big beast: the excellent Rain Of Gold by Victor VillaseƱor. I also read a book I helped to support via Kickstarter: The Whole Shot, a book of interviews with Gregory Corso. And I read a book of poetry by Allyson Whipple. She’s pretty neat. And you can quote me.

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What I Read In April

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Clearly I read a lot of comic books again this month, although I read other stuff, too, including the selected poetry of Wislawa Szymborska; Neil Gaiman’s excellent book about The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy; Heather O’Neill’s difficult and beautiful Lullabies For Little Criminals; and my first Agatha Christie novel. I’m still plowing my way through the Ultimate Marvel universe, but I’m reading other comics, too. I really enjoyed Private Eye by Brian Michael Bendis; the ongoing Saga by Brian K. Vaughan; and Matt Fraction’s twisted and fun Sex Criminals.

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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.

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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.

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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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