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May 10, 2007



As far as graphic novel material goes, the recent hardcover King Kat Classics collection of John Porcellino's King Cat minicomic is a must read. It's beautiful.


I'm with you on that one James, the king kat HC is a beautiful book from a true artist. I don't want to bog this post down with new stuff though, old books make for fine summer reading as well.


I loved Red Lights (another NYRB Simenon):
I've been meaning to check out more.

Holland Oats

Been book-dry for a couple weeks now, it sucks. I'm going to trust you on "The Engagement"! Shakespeare & Co. here I come...


One more graphic novel: Ragmop by Rob Walton. He had to stop publishing the comic before the story was finished, but now the whole thing has been collected into a TPB that includes the back-up feature on Wealth of Nations as well as a conclusion to the saga of Thrill Kitten and the O-Ring.

Listener # 109577

I'm looking forward to "Shakespeare" By Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare -- by Mark Anderson.

I've never been a fan of anti-Shakespeare cultists who claim to have found the "real" Shakespeare -- mainly out of a belief that it would require extraordinary proof to dislodge an extrordinary playwright from his traditional position -- but now I have begun to entertain doubts. This after listening to Anderson's podcast of some of the highlights of his book, at

It's easy to love Will Shakespeare the enigma but, at least for a season, I'm willing to be fascinated by Edward de Vere, the real man.

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