The View from Saturday

A heart full of love and a bookshelf full of hope and some books.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

dear John K. Sampson: Will you marry me?

How not to get out of a funk:

1. Spend a disproportionate amount of your weekend at work.

2. Spend an equally disproportionate amount of your weekend listening to the music of the Weakerthans. Develop unattainable crush on John K. Sampson.

3. Read Mother Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier. What a powerful, disturbing, stark graphic novel. Hornschemeier shifts his style a few times, and some of the passages look like a child's drawings, while others are full of depth and detail and incredibly emotive faces. The story is told by Thomas Tennant, a young boy who struggles to come to grips with his mother's death and his father's growing emotional instability. HEAVY! It's a lot to grapple with, but Hornschmeier never sentimentalizes the subject matter or glosses over difficult feelings and ideas. The book opens with a strange, seemingly senseless section in which a slightly off version of Thomas' dad floats over a creepy dream landscape. I was almost put off by the opening, but I promise, if you keep reading, the odd language and disconnected images will make sense. It might not put you in the mood for, say, getting dressed and leaving your house to be part of mainstream society, but it's a must-read for any graphic novel afficionado.

Sigh. If anyone can recommend a very very happy book to me, please do so before I turn into the human lady manifestation of Eeyore (according to Freya this has already happened).


At 9:28 PM, Anonymous stefan said...

first visit, lady. like the inter-digs, although it makes me feel as though i have a vastly inferior catalogue...of babysitter's club. i was more into christopher pike, which makes me kinda girly, and choose your own adventure, which makes me awesome. so read some of those or maybe some david sadaris. his awkwardness always makes me feel good and put together. also, i too would marry john k. sampson, if it weren't for the fact that he lives in winnipeg.


At 4:51 PM, Blogger cait said...

Gah, I love David Sedaris...if you haven't read the Santaland Diaries you have to. And if it's Christopher Pike ye seek, check this shit out...

Freya and I will be driving to Nepean to pick these up tonight. Sadly this collection does not include my favourite--Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger ...j said...

Don't ever read choose-your-own adventures from cover to cover, it's confusing and usually ruins the endings, beginnings and middles. The Fear Street series was particularly delicious. Also, David Sidaris is overrated.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous jane! said...

cait! always a pleasure to read this, but i feel inferior for not reading enough fiction! you will change this.
on that note, i highly recommend reading steven johnson's new book--emergence. it explores the intricacies of collective intelligence in our current social strata. it will make you think of things other than eeyore.
also: dave hickey--air guitar. a relaxing read into visual culture. hickey is a prof. in las vegas (!) and is never short of interesting things to say.
lastly: the good ol' hunter s thompson--hell's angels. i just re-read this classic, and it never fails to scare the living shit out of me.
there. godspeed little one--see you in a couple weeks guy.

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Susan said...

Hmm . . . I always find Tom Robbins books on the happy side of crazy. I've read Still Life with Woodpecker, Skinny Legs and All, and Fierce Invalids from Hot Climates, but I assume they'd all work. If it doesn't need to be fiction, right now I'm reading a book of essays by David Foster Wallace called Consider the Lobster. It's beautifully written, even if he does have hard-on for footnotes. But the really, don't we all?

At 8:26 PM, Anonymous stefan said...

come on jordan! you're just "hating on" sadaris because he's gay. its the twenty first fucking century tiny, bigoted man.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger cait said...

Susan! I have heard nothing but odd things about David Foster Wallace and I even checked out Infinite Jest and hauled it around on the bus in Vancouver for a few days pretending that I was pretentious enough to read it. I should give him another try. I am more of an ellipsis person than a footnote person (or the well-placed hyphen) but I digress.

Jane--suggestions noted! Hurry home so we can be smart Masters holding people together and make witty jokes about things like academia and post-postcolonialism.

Jordan--YOU are overrated. NOT. Choose your own adventure books hurt my feelings.

All of you--spell his name right, dammit, it's Sedaris.

Anal Cait

At 9:40 PM, Blogger ...j said...

Fue a proposito, huevoncita.

Sodaris is a shrivelled raisin.

Also, Mr. Wilson, your words swell my organs with a feeling I can only describe as peppery odium.

Also, Villa Incognito and Jitterbug Perfume are great Robbins. Hair made out of bees, horny japanese forest deities, intense beets, etc. You'll love it.


At 6:40 PM, Anonymous That's Right said...

Why can't any of you assholes spell David Sedaris' name right? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

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