The other day, Dave said the sweetest thing to me. Possibly the sweetest thing he’s ever said. He leant in, all romantic, looking so cute with a twinkle in his eye, he pressed his mouth near my ear and whispered, “Hey baby, how about we make an Amazon order?”
Man, do I love my husband, or what?!
I have an Amazon wish list that contains 36 items. In this list is mainly Graphic novels, but there is an occassional movie or TV show, or even a work of literature thrown in there. The truth is, I’m a book whore. Yes, I know I’ve said it before, but I don’t think you understand the amount of books I own, and the amount that I have read – they don’t match up. I probably have close to two hundred books in which I haven’t read yet. Skimmed, yes, read – no.
Books to me have always been about comfort. My parents worked a lot when I was a kid, and my books were my babysitters (along with my Grandma – there was actually a person there looking after me amongst all those books!) – if I was bored, which for some reason, I always had a fear of when I was a kid, I would just pull out my book and start reading. Actually, that is how I survived as a child many many boring moments in Thailand. I think I actually took my book on an elephant ride, and read it as well!
But, going back to the Amazon wish list. Those 36 items are from one list. Yes. One list, and it’s not even my primary list. The one that really counts is, “Comics I really want” which has twelve items, and are the books in which I find myself really really wanting. The list is actually quite small, I should fill it out a bit. It contains all of Gilbert Hernandez’s work in which I don’t own, Grey Gardens – the movie with Drew Barrymore (because the documentary was dead boring, but the subject matter was interesting) and a couple of other GN’s that look the business.
So, what did I pick you may ask yourself? These titles -
Bossypants – Tina Fey.
I have a girl crush on Fey. And a writer crush. And an intellectual crush (which is different to a writers crush, as a writers crush deals with being inspired by their writing, whilst an intellectual crush is being inspired by their brains, what the person says, how they act yadda yadda yadda) I think she’s extremely witty, smart and love how she writes. I think that ‘Mean Girls’ and ’30 Rock’ are awesome, well written, and extremely hilarious.
So, when I heard that Fey was writing a memoir, I was hella excited, and couldn’t wait for it to be out on the shelves. However, with us living in Australia and all, I have not yet seen Tina Fey’s book other than on my computer screen, so I added it to my Amazon wish list in total anticipation. – I cannot wait for it to arrive on my doorstep so I can read all the funnies inside of it!
City of Night – John Rechy
I had no idea who John Rechy was or any idea about his book, until I read an interview with him in ‘Vice magazine.’ I generally hate Vice, as most feminists I believe would. Not only is it not funny, but it is quite grotesque (especially with the whole ‘do’s’ and ‘dont’s’ with homeless people vomiting on their own legs, girls in skimpy clothing, and boys wearing thongs and make-up…it’s all just a bit too revealing for me…) However, Dave likes accumulating Vice’s and when I found one of his old ones, I was quite suprised that it was a comics issue, which included artists like Crumb and Al Jaffee, and some very cool cartoons within. Therefore, now when Dave brings how the newest edition of Vice, I no longer banish it to his man room, I put it amongst our reading material in the magazine rack that lives in our toilet.
It was on the toilet (yes, I admit to it) that I read an article on John Rechy, and his very interesting novel (and life for that matter) and thought, “Hells yes! I have to check this out!” It’s pretty much about a fictional character based on himself, who hustles around the US – I see it as a less wanky version of “On the Road” but with more homosexuality and more sex.
A few fast facts on the book -
*My Private Idaho was based on the film
*When Jim Morrison sings the chorus of ‘City of Night’ in ‘LA woman’ he is referring to Rechy’s book.
Bottomless belly button by Dan Shaw
This has been on my ‘Comics I really want’ list for months now. I love that it’s about a family who go away together and find out that there parents are divorcing. I love stories about dysfunctional families, especially when all the family members are bought together in one big occasion – it shows how each interact and all of their different relationships with each other. I also like the size of Bottomless Belly button. For some reason, I have always liked large books. I guess it’s because I love the idea of it being big and me having the power to dive into it – like a big pool or a big bed. It’s about getting lost between the pages. – However, if the book is a piece of crap, then the absolute opposite feelings arise, and I just feel swamped and trapped and a little depressed that I may not be able to finish the book. I hate not finishing books.
But, anyways, back to B.B.B – if you want to read a twenty page excerpt from the critically acclaimed book – read it here.
Walt and Skeezix: Book one – Frank King
Chris Ware is a huge fan of Walt and Skeezix, and that is where I originally heard about this great comic. I love the fact that it’s an old 1920′s collection, and Ware’s praises obviously encouraged me to investigate the collection.
Here is a good description of the comic, which I found on the Silver bullet comic books website,
“The strip, for those not familiar with the legend, began in 1918 as a series of panels about three married men (Avery, Bill and Doc) a bachelor (Walt Wallet) and the cars that they worked on in the alley. The wives of the three older men figured into the feature, too — the pregnancy of one even subtly played out in the background — but it was, all in all, a fairly masculine strip. CHICAGO TRIBUNE publisher Captain Joseph Patterson was determined to change that, convinced that the strip’s readership — and, thus, the Tribune’s circulation — would increase if more women were reading GASOLINE ALLEY.
Creator Frank King recalled, “Captain Patterson decided there had to be a baby in the strip. I pointed out that, as Walt was a bachelor, it would take quite a little time to bring this about, what with the courtship, marriage and all. But Captain Patterson said he was in a hurry to get the baby in the picture. He wanted a baby NOW !!!” Which is how, on February 14, 1921, Walt Wallet was awakened by a doorbell in the pre-dawn hours and discovered an abandoned baby on his doorstep with a note addressed to him.
Inevitably, Walt took the child as his own, naming him Skeezix and watching him grow to adulthood over the next two decades. The novelty of comics characters aging in real time was unprecedented and, as the decades passed, GASOLINE ALLEY might spotlight a member of the Wallet family who was a child or a young adult or a senior citizen, creating a feature that held appeal for multiple generations and building readership of a size that Captain Patterson couldn’t have imagined.”
The characters sound so rich, and the story sounds so beautiful and simple – doesn’t it?
Peepshow – Series One
Dave and I were recommended me check this out by our good friend Katherine. It’s apparently a lot like ‘The Inbetweeners’ which we love for it’s raw un-pc humor. For those who haven’t seen either, think of a live version of South Park. Seriously. These boys are fricken’ disgusting, their mouths are filthy, and their antics are very entertaining! Can’t wait to sit down and be amused, feel uncomfortable and laugh at silly boys.
So there we go readers! My latest Amazon purchase! I hope you have enjoyed, and I shall post some reviews once I get into my new goodies!