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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

December 29, 2016
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bombora

Photo Credit: Pearl Pirie

Emilie Zoey Baker is an Australian poet who featured at VERSeFest a couple of years ago. I picked up this book but it vanished into my to-read pile until now.

This book is a lot of fun. Baker often has that deceptive train-of-thought style that comes across as ‘easily’ written but hides well formulated and creative text. I especially like ‘Fuck You, Glee’ for that.

Good read.

 

Books Read in 2016

Bombora! – Emilie Zoey Baker
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
Oratorealis #2
A perimeter – rob mclennan
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
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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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

December 27, 2016
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princessbride

Ar you a fan of The Princess Bride? Wonderfully schmaltzy and funny movie from the 80s starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright? (Or, more likely you remember it as starring Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.)

This is the book it was based off and even though I am one of those who think that Mandy and Andre stole the movie, after reading the book, I give full credit to Rob Reiner, because he made that wonderful and memorable movie out of this steaming pile of crap.

Wow, did I hate this book. Starting from the ‘insights’ into William Goldman from his intros (which are made up of a certain amount of ‘staying in character’, meaning I have no idea how much is real… I hope not a lot), where we are introduced to a writer who is a racist, body-shaming, homophobic misogynist.
Maybe that isn’t him, but the first and last admonitions on that list are certainly born out by the text of the book itself.

Even if you can ‘get past that’ (ugh), the book just isn’t very good. Remember the charming framing sequence in the movie? The framing of the book is just annoying.

Goldman is an established screenwriter and he wrote the screenplay to the movie so maybe writing a novel was just overreaching for him.

I will watch Princess Bride again. I won’t read this book again.

Books Read in 2016

The Princess Bride – William Goldman
Oratorealis #2
A perimeter – rob mclennan
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
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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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

December 26, 2016
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ortorealis1-2

 

I finally read the second issue of Oratorealis cover to cover. (For some reason, I had mostly flipped over to page 72…. yes, I am in this one.)

This issue is another triumph. (Yes, I am biased. So what?)

Let me point some highlights for me: ‘Prayer for the Plaid Skirt’ by Chimwemwe Undi, ‘Brunch’ by Mike Johnston, and especially ‘3 Passengers on 1 Train’ by Stacey Forrester. It is creative and powerful.

When does issue 3 come out? (And when are submissions open?) 🙂

 

Books Read in 2016

Oratorealis #2
A perimeter – rob mclennan
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
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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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

December 21, 2016
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Circle drawing the sketch. A vector illustration

This isn’t the new book by rob, it is a chapbook featuring the title poem from said book.

I find rob’s work to be challenging for me. I am not a ‘learned’ poetry aficionado, and came to poetry by way of spoken word, which tends to be much less opaque. It is easy to read rob’s stuff and not have a clue what it is he is talking about. As it is, I am not totally sure… but I will say this – when I finished reading it, I went right back to the front and read it again. That is not something I do often.

I think the Julie Carr quote to kick things off is the key. I think rob’s work isn’t meant to be ‘read’. It is meant to be studied.

 

Books Read in 2016

A perimeter – rob mclennan
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
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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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

December 17, 2016
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luke-cage

 

Marvel is kind of dumb. Netflix had a hit series based on Luke Cage yet virtually none of the Marvel Luke Cage collections are in print. Except this one, which reprints the full run of ‘Luke Cage, Hero for Hire’ (before it became ‘Luke Cage, Power Man’).

Maybe they are kind of embarrassed that the first black Marvel character to have on ongoing series was a big completely created by white men. (Except for Billy Graham, who was the inker sometimes and penciller sometimes).

This led to some embarrassing spots like when Steve Engelhard did not understand the offensiveness of the Yiddish word he had been told meant ‘black man’. Not quite.

That aside, this is quite a fun book. It is very much ‘of its time’ and as long as you read it that way, it works. It is pretty clear why Netflix updated the image while still using some of the same characters. Shades is there, but with a pretty stupid costume. Diamondback is there, though fairly minor. Black Mariah is super-offensive. Claire Temple was actually downgraded from a  doctor to a nurse (so that she can also be Night Nurse).

When the Netflix series comes back are they going to include Señor Muerte? Or is it Suerte? How about Big Ben Donovan? Doctor Doom?

“Where’s my money, honey?”

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Marvel Masterworks: Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Vol. 1 (Goodwin / Engelhart / Tuska / Graham)
Fun Home (Bechdel)
Secret Path (Downie / Lemire)
Rob Malo’s Tibert Le Voyageur (Lamoureaux / Miranda)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

December 12, 2016
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robin-hood

This is the definitive Robin Hood, as the contents are a reproduction of the stories as published in 1883, complete with original illustrations by the author.

You will note some differences between the tales once told and the more current variations. Maid Marian is mentioned, but only in passing, as these are ‘Boy’s Own’ style tales of derring-do. The royalty in place for much of the volume is King Henry and Queen Eleanor, with Richard taking his spot as hero and legitimatizer only after Henry’s death. King John comes in only at the end. The rest are as expected: Little John, Will Scarlet, Allan A Dale, Friar Tuck et al.

A fun read.

 

Books Read in 2016

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
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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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

December 10, 2016
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fun-home

 

Biographical comics can either be self-indulgent or illuminating. Often they are both. This one fall firmly into the illuminating category. It is a fairly complex read, though that isn’t clear when you first start it. Bechdel jumps around in time quite a bit, but it is perfectly done to allow the story to unfold in the way it needs to. She sums it up very well on the last page, referring to the “tricky reverse narration that impels our entwined stories”. It isn’t reverse exactly, but it certainly isn’t linear.
Early on in the book, Bechdel’s father feels a bit like a monster. Quite a terrible parent, certainly. As we near the end, in the scene where he actually admits certain thing to his daughter, I practically cheered.
It is a story about repression and awakening, but as the author points out, to wish things had turned out differently is too easy. Her father has a lot too answer for, but the world has a lot to answer for to him as well.

This is a great book. Highly recommended.

Comic Books Read in 2016

Fun Home (Bechdel)
Secret Path (Downie / Lemire)
Rob Malo’s Tibert Le Voyageur (Lamoureaux / Miranda)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 (David / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 (David / McFarlane / Larsen / Purves)
Marvel Visionaries: Peter David – Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 (David / McFarlane)
Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

December 4, 2016
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gypsyguitar

I have written before about how taken I was with David McFadden’s story and performance at VERSeFest. Enough so that I decided to pick up one of his older books to see what his writing was like before his fight with alzheimer’s started.

I am so glad I did. Gypsy Guitar is an amazing piece of writing. While at times it wears a bit of the ‘young men write poetry to try and get laid’ issues, overall it is a compelling look at a life examined. My favourites (at the moment) are The Moons of Jupiter and In The Buffalo Airport, but I cannot go without mentioning My Chocolate Maserati and the line “You can’t write anything worthwhile until you notice that Death has noticed you.”

He was speaking about age, but I will take this line as inspiration for great things to come in my own work. 🙂

 

Books Read in 2016

Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
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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