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Books I read in Florida

While I was in Florida I read five books, most of them graphic novels, so it wasn’t as impressive as it sounds. Here they are, in order, the last five books I read:

(1) Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Yes, just in time for the movie. Aren’t I trendy? It was every bit as good as I had heard it was:


(2) Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Way too late for the Dark Knight film that came out last year, but I’m glad I’ve now experienced both although this book only covers the first part of the movie. Also: Commissioner Gordon cheats on his (pregnant) wife?!


(3) The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, not just one of the greatest graphic novels I’ve read, but one of the greatest books, period. It’s Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in modern Iran during the Islamic Revolution. I also borrowed but have not yet viewed a copy of the 2007 film based on the book, which Satrapi wrote, animated and directed herself. The book was especially interesting to me because the author and I are only a year apart in age. I related so well to her character because she was opinionated, rebellious and she loved pop culture and punk rock. Only I was able, in my country, to express all that. She wasn’t. Fascinating. Very highly recommended.


(4) The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. See? This one didn’t even have words (other than an introduction by Maurice Sendak):


(5) Blues People: Negro Music in White America by Leroi Jones (who now calls himself Amiri Baraka), a great book chronicling the history of black folks in this country, from slavery to mid-20th century, and how it affected music and spawned at least two unique genres, blues and jazz. A great book.


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