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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | July 6, 2016


This is a short book… and it is almost more like a prequel to her blog posts, which I had previously read, which deal with her time at Marvel.

This is before that, including her early homelife and her time at Acclaim and DC.

It is an important read, but also a frustrating one. I understand why so many of the names are changed but as I read I kept wanting to know who was responsible for which actions. I figured out the Mike Carlin and Jeanette Kahn stand-ins pretty quickly but I wanted to know who Owens was, who Ballard was, etc.

I wanted accountability… which never comes.

I have loved the comic industry for a long time, but just like the poetry community that doesn’t mean bad behaviour gets to be overlooked.

The more important part of the story, of course, is Valerie and what she went through, over and over. It is important because she is important and it is important because her story is not unusual… unfortunately.


Books Read in 2016

Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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