Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Random-ness: a mid-week inventory of some things

1. Someone just knocked on my door and asked if she could take a picture of my house. Sure, I said. My house is light green with dark purple shutters. She said she was taking pictures of colorful houses to make a montage.

2. I wanted to note how much I liked Jeff's title (and post) from a few day's back: "The Continuous Love of Linking." (Sure, he links to this humble blog, but that's not the *only* reason I like it.)

3. Last week I read the wonderful Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (I remembered to order it after reading George's entry a few weeks back). Now I want to read only graphic novels (or memoirs/what-have-yous). This is my wont: liking and binging.

4. Oh, yeah: I went to Kansas City a couple of weeks ago, and did more than discover the popular dark chocolate M&Ms. Mainly, we visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. And, mainly, we stayed on the second floor, home of American and Asian art, including this strikingly displayed Kwan Yin (or Guanyin), the bodhisatva of compassion. I at one time contemplated a whole entry on the Buddhist art at the museum, complete with explanations of the various forms of Buddhism (Theravada, for example, doesn't have the whole pantheon of deity-like bodhisatvas, but I like the idea of the incarnation of compassion, anyway. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is that incarnation.) But I've decided to spare you all those details for now.

5. I need to order some tiny shoes for a new person whose arrival is imminent. Hope no one in the Rio Grande Valley is reading this. It's supposed to be a surprise. ;-)


jeff said...

I've heard Fun Home is good and have been wanting to read it. A few other good graphic novels I've read in the last few months include the two Persepolis, Wimbledon Green, and The Rabbi's Cat

Donna said...

Thanks for the recommendations! In fact, the first Persepolis was the next on my list. But The Rabbi's Cat? Cat! Sounds like my kinda book.

jeff said...

Well...there is a talking act in's about North African and French Jews and the cat who kind of narrates everything. I really liked it.

Mike @ Vitia said...

Check out Bechdel's other stuff, too. It's a serial rather than a one-shot graphic novel, but "Dykes to Watch Out For" is the best comic strip ever, as far as I'm concerned. Buy the early archive books: I was hooked after maybe a week's worth.

(Amy Bloom's praise of Fun Home in comparison to Bleak House would do well to take into account Dickens' history with the serial.)

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