So I was going to talk about mental illness and depression and what it’s like, but I am fixating on talking about suicide and I want to make sure that I can speak about it properly, and so I’m procrastinating.
So instead, I’m going to post a discussion starter.
Here are the last 5 books I acquired (not necessarily read yet, because I have an entire bookshelf worth of books I haven’t read yet, but that doesn’t stop me from continuing to acquire new books.
This is a book I’ve been dreaming about for years. David Mack is an amazing writer and an even more amazing artist, and Kabuki is his Sandman — his masterpiece. Recently, Dark Horse Comics acquired the rights, and I’m so glad they did, because they always do an amazing job of putting out things in beautiful packages at reasonable prices — much more reasonable than, say, Marvel or DC, or even IDW or Image (though Image is a close second).
Yes, it’s a comic book… but it’s not some four-colour pulp. Check out this:
2. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – picked it up at a used bookstore — this actual paperback (vintage, dammit!). Anyone who’s read the book will find it no surprise that it’s a huge influence on my sense of the absurd, and the idea of the writer’s influence (and role) in their own stories. But I’m being a pretentious twat now. You don’t want to hear about how Kurt Vonnegut steps in near the end of the story to complain how ridiculous the tale has become.
3. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Why? Because a) Neil Gaiman. Hello. and b) Illustrated by Chris Riddell who has become one of my favourites — he did Coraline, The Graveyard Book and Fortunately the Milk, all also by Neil, for the UK versions of those books. (Not that the Dave McKean versions that we got on this side of the pond weren’t also amazing — Dave McKean is probably my FAVOURITE all time artist, so…) and c) It’s a twist on the Sleeping Beauty/Snow White fairy tale… check out this beautiful twist:
So…. Russell Brand tells the story of the Pied Piper, with illustrations by Chris Riddell? And it’s only $5 in the bargain bin? Shut up and take my money.
I love Leslie Klinger. I’ve got his Annotated Dracula, Annotated Sherlock Holmes, I’ve got the first three volumes of his Annotated Sandman (yeah, you read that right… holy shit it’s awesome) and now, I’m really looking forward to digging into his take on Lovecraft. It’s also got an amazing introduction by none other than Alan Moore.
So, I’ve been studying maths… re-learning for the most part, but learning new things. Here’s what I’ve been listening to in order to keep me focused. (The last 5 albums)
Miles Davis – The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
Brian Eno – Ambient Volume 1: Music for Airports
Ryan Adams – 1989
This is a song for song cover of Taylor Swift’s album and it’s… damn, it’s good.
The Besnard Lakes – Are the Dark Horse
Imagine if Brian Wilson produced The Pixes, and that’s what The Besnard Lakes sound like… a great husband and wife duo from Quebec.
The Dears – Times Infinity Volume One
Another Montreal band that I’d nearly forgotten about — I saw them back in…. 2004? 2005? Must have been early 2004, because I’d not yet moved to California. This is their new one… hope to see them again this time around. And yes, he does sound like Morrissey, doesn’t he?
What have I been watching?
iZombie – loved it. Loved the cast, loved the dialogue, loved the story, loved the fact that they used Mike Allred’s illustrations for the credits. Love the theme song.
It was based on a Vertigo comic… which I’d been meaning to read, but hadn’t. Funnily enough, the TV show took ONLY the idea from the comics, and made their own way with it — which, in this rare instance, was for the best. I read the comics, and enjoyed them as well, but the truth is, the story would NEVER translate to television. I recommend it to fans of Buffy.
Gotham – it’s the train wreck of a show that I just keep watching anyway, despite not knowing why I keep watching it.
Daredevil (are you sensing a theme here?) This is the THIRD time I’m watching this spectacular Netflix series since it premiered on my birthday earlier this year. Can’t get enough. This is comic book storytelling done right.
Hannibal (woof!) Words fail me in trying to describe what an absolute train wreck season three is. I can’t even finish it. There are entire episodes that are so clouded with pseudo-profound dream sequences and symbolism that the entire thing makes no sense. There are jump-gaps in the storytelling that even I — generally a fan of non-linear plotting — can make no sense of. I can’t comment on anything past mid season because I just can’t even keep watching. What a shame. The first two seasons were quite brilliant.
Days of Our Lives
Kidding. Though, you know, I bet I could watch it for five minutes and be totally caught up.
Horror movies I blame Halloween, but the last couple of weeks, I watched the first couple of Hellraiser movies, three John Carpenter films (The Thing, Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness), as well as Crimson Peak (could GUSH about this, but check out Katie Sullivan’s take – she hasn’t written much in a while — go give her some love.
SO WHAT’S UP WITH YOU, SINNERS?
What are you reading, what books do you WANT to read whenever you get some time (I’m not below rewarding brownie points to those who name-drop my books), what movies are you looking forward to? What are you listening to/watching/talking about?
Pull up a chair. Have some coffee. Talk to me.