Archive for August, 2010

library love

August 30th, 2010

Photo on 2010-08-30 at 21.07 #3

Yale University Press published this really beautiful book last year called Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books. It begins with Walter Benjamin’s famous essay about collecting books, Unpacking My Library. Then it shows you the actual bookshelves of 12 architects. Close-up, all the books on all the the shelves. As someone who always ends up in the corner at parties poring over the host’s bookshelves, this was a voyeuristic treat.

Now they’re doing a follow-up book about writers and their books, and I’ve been asked to be part of it. The photographers were here the other week, which prompted me to rein my books back into some sort of order after years of entropy. The editors asked each architect, and now each writer, to name their top ten books. That was quite a job. But I’ve finally narrowed them down. Since I’m a cartoonist, they want me to illustrate mine. So I’ve been working on drawing all these books. It’s a strange task…I feel like I’m not so much drawing the book covers as recreating the book covers. They just look like the books, especially in the case of books that have drawings on the cover, like these two.

gorey drawing small

tintin drawing small

It’s a laborious activity. Like, am I really going to finish coloring that Tintin cover? And to what end? Plus I should have dug out my Gillott tit quill pen nibs for the Gorey drawing. I have some somewhere. But I just I used my regular nib, which is way too coarse and sprawling.

a quiet day

August 25th, 2010

Unfortunately, the mic on my camera failed to pick up the buzz of the hummingbird.

a pretty good day

August 5th, 2010

Prop 8 has been overturned. And there are beads of water like mercury on the nasturtium leaves.

Update: 7pm. I pixilated my cat. This isn’t a movie, it’s a series of photos. Well, of course that’s what a movie is. But you know what I mean.

Mädchen Madness

August 4th, 2010


Remember Mädchen in Uniform? The very steamy 1931 German film about girls at boarding school? My pal Jenni Olson has been working very hard to make a DVD release happen of the 1958 Romy Schneider/Lilli Palmer remake. I haven’t seen this but now we all can! Help Jenni succeed by adding the film to your Netflix queue or ordering it online.


And, Jenni adds, if you’ve already seen it, please give it a nice star rating at one of the above sites or write a short complimentary review if you can.

o frabjous day

August 2nd, 2010

I have five more weeks left to be 49, deo volente, but the mailman just delivered my little reminder card from the grim reaper.