Man, I nearly didn’t make it to two books this month. I was bad about reading, electing instead most nights to do Kakuro (Cross Sums) puzzles. But ultimately I got my requisite two books done, and here they are!
This is a history of what went down with comic books in the forties and fifties, when hysteria over them was at its peak. As a result, it’s largely the history of two entities: Fred(e)ric Wertham and EC Comics. And ultimately, I would have rather just read a good collection of EC Comics and Wertham’s book (which, incidentally, I really think should be in print, as it’s essential for anyone interested in the history of comics. Specifically, I believe the CBLDF should publish it.) I found this account of a fascinating history to be somewhat dry and tepid, which was part of why it took me so long to finish it.
With three days to go in September, could I really find anything of value that I could finish in such a short amount of time? Yes I could!
A slim book, a series of short vignettes, yet incredible depth and poetry. I’d not read any Calvino before and I believe my buddy Al tipped me off to this one. A beautiful read, full of evocative imagery. This is a new favorite.
Got some fiction on my plate for October!