“It’s the mythology
of an abandoned city
from the true
—HT Ditty, sung to a slow folksy tune
Book of the Day: MYTHOLOGY OF AN ABANDONED CITY by Jon J. Muth
Gorgeous, haunting penciled art by Jon J Muth, and a dreamlike narrative makes this… essential.
The Mythology of an Abandoned City (Myt1)
Well as I still acclimate to this freshly minted 2013, I thought it was a good time to look back at 2012 and reflect on my own personal favorite and new discoveries of 2012. So here is my list in no particular order:
Kashi Raisin Bran Breakfast Cereal
The Walters Art Gallery
Texas Roadhouse in Durham, NC
The Charlotte, NC skyline
11oclock Comics Podcast
And in a rare case of the popular choice actually being my choice, THE AVENGERS was my favorite movie theater experience of the year
James Jean Rebus
Dark Horse Creepy Presents BERNIE WRIGHTSON
Dark Horse Creepy Presents RICHARD CORBEN
Numerous writers, among them Derrick Ferguson and Richard Gavin
Rich Yancey’s MONSTRUMOLOGIST series audio books
Joe Hill’s Short Story POP ART (from the collection 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS) stands out as one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, short story reads of 2012
And these were a few of my favorite things!
BOOK OF THE DAY: John Varley’s THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION
I’ve been off the science fiction kick for a while, with much of what passes for sci-fi today just not interesting me. But thankfully there’s a lot of brilliant scifi from yesteryear waiting to be discovered.
Enter John Varley’s 1978 short story collection… THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION. I’m still in process, but so far the first story alone, THE PHANTOM OF KANSAS is worth the price of the book all by itself.
The story is just so imaginative, particularly if you consider when it was done, and yet you sense far closer to where we may be going as a society than is comfortable. He jams so many mind-blowing concepts into a story, with throwaway ease.
So hunt up the collection and give it a read. I think it will make a fan of those people who do not care for sci-fi.
“Many, many years ago a man told me that to deny my dream was to sell my soul. I was young and did not know that the words were finding their own particular place within me so they would be mine forever, but I do remember blinking my eyes and nodding my head as if the very motion was forcing the truth in what he said deeper within me.”
—OF WHALES AND DREAMS by Hubert Selby
SONG OF THE SILENT SNOW is a 1986 short story collection by Hubert Selby, the author of LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, a few stories in and I find the collection both bittersweet and endearing, with a lovely use of language and longing. Recommended.
What I’m reading! Quick ratings!
BATMAN AND ROBIN BORN TO KILL by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason- After reading one disappointing ‘NEW 52′ book after another (ACTION COMICS by Grant Morrison comes to mind) I went into this read with some trepidation, but it was unwarranted. Tomasi crafts a solidly engaging read that is good from first page to last and complimented by great art by Gleason and Gray. Strongly Recommended! B+.
Batman & Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill (The New 52)
SUPERMAN BATMAN SORCERER KINGS- Is a hodge-podge of four different stories, none of which really ever rises to become anything more than tedious. D.
What I’m watching:
Just finished watching Michael Moore’s SICKO and CAPITALISM A LOVE STORY back to back, and they are both powerful, essential, if not always easy viewing.
CAPITALISM A LOVE STORY is particularly brilliant, has been called Moore’s Magnum-Opus and I concur. It’s a courageous, informative, and well put together film. Sometimes Moore has a way of perhaps working a theme into the ground, and beating us over the head, and I felt that in SICKO, acutely. ‘Yeah, okay I get it, other countries have better healthcare than the US, how many examples are you going to show me? Move on to solutions.’.
Somewhere in most of Moore’s films that thought process rears up, however it didn’t in CAPITALISM A LOVE STORY. Potentially Moore’s last film it is undeniably his best. And both films, will make you want to make real, hard changes in your life. As it makes clear that the people you entrust with your well being… don’t care about that… at all. Both films should really be seen, and CAPITALISM must be seen.
Capitalism: A Love Story