September Reading

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!

The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hajdu

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!

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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!

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2 Responses to September Reading

  1. Nigel says:

    I am too young to have read any of the “ten-cent plague” but I’d love to read them if you find them anywhere let me know. I am proud to say I AM old enough to have purchased and read ACTION, which was called “a six pence nightmare”. Good Stuff.

  2. Laurie says:

    Had you really not read any Calvino before? Invisible Cities is amazing, I first read it about 15 years ago (introduced to a lot of good literature by crazy but well-read ex-husband, but that’s another story for another time). It has been one of my favorites ever since. I probably reread it at least once a year. “Marcovaldo” and “The Baron in the Trees” are pretty great too, as is “The Nonexistent Knight”. Happy future reading!