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Blog entries on '15 November 2005'

Tuesday 15 November 2005

Tom Gauld

Absent-minded fool that I am, I never mentioned this: Tom Gauld (the artist behind the RSB-Robot) was recently interviewed over at 3:AM:

I like anyone like [Tim Burton] and Gorey who can do atmosphere. Hopefully one day I'll get good at plots but my books at the moment have rather weird plots. The thing that really interests me at the moment is atmosphere. I think everything I've done has been about atmosphere and Burton's like that too I think. I suppose he has writers who do the story and he does the atmosphere. I do like people who when you read their books you feel as if you are going into that world. Jimmy Corrigan had that - it was a horrible world but it draws you in there. There's another one I really like - by a guy in New York called Ben Catshore who does a comic strip called Juliet Nipple Real Estate Photographer which is about a man shuffling around New York. It has a perfect New York atmosphere - drab, Jewish humour atmosphere and it's things like that that I am inspired by. Tim Burton is excellent.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 15 November 2005

New from Les Figues

Two more lovely books just out from Les Figues Press: Pam Ore's Grammar of the Cage ("a startling first collection of poetry: lyrical in tone and language, philosophical in scope, scientific in observation, and heartbreaking in the imagery of what’s been left. These are poems of nature and ecology from a former zookeeper and, as poet Ingrid Wendt says, 'a truly unique poetic voice.'") and Teresa Carmody's Requiem:

Requiem is a "folk opera, a lament for the unexamined life," writes editor and author David L. Ulin in his Introduction, "marked throughout by its own quiet tone of authority, which works to peel back the surface of what we imagine and examine what is going on underneath."

Drawing out the elliptical plain talk of those who would refer to themselves as simple, using Biblical language to pierce the callous and bruised souls of these lost, and sometimes found, people, Carmody creates, says Ulin, "art as observation, a literature constructed of the most minute details, a lens that allows us to see."

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