Jim Shorkey

Reading Catch-Up
January 14, 2011, 10:13 pm
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I haven’t really been updating much. These are the books that I read this past few months. I know because this is the pile that I have to put away.


J. D. Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010)
January 29, 2010, 8:34 pm
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Like everyone else, Holden Caulfield was my first taste of Salinger, but it’s the Glass family that featured in so many of his short stories that haunt me the most.

Here is a source for his works that are not currently in print.


And if you have a New Yorker subscription:


R. O. Blechman – Talking Lines
September 2, 2009, 1:12 pm
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I’ve been a fan of R. O. Blechman since I was a kid watching his squiggly animated ads on TV. I just finished his new book, Talking Lines. I was under the impression that it was going to have some history on him and his work, but it was a collection of his work from his early days at Harvey Kurtzman’s Humbug magazine to more recent work for The New York Times. I was disappointed to not receive any biographical information but was still joyed by his squiggly line work. It’s worth searching his animation reel on his site (link above) for his Alka Selzter spot.

Talking Lines
Talking Lines

The Education of Hopey Glass
August 11, 2009, 12:07 pm
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It’s been so long since I first started reading Love and Rockets, that Ioften take it for granted. I just finished reading The Education of Hopey Glass, a collection of Jaime Hernandez’s recent Love and Rocket strips and was reminded just how special this comic is. The individual stories are episodic and small in scope, but when compiled, the story arc becomes clearer.

The Education of Hopey Glass

The Education of Hopey Glass

David Mazzucchelli – Asterios Polyp
July 15, 2009, 12:50 pm
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Comic storyteller David Mazzucchelli came from the superhero world and the small sampling I saw of his work then was pretty much traditional “Marvel” style. I did enjoy his work on Batman: Year One, where he simplifies his style creating real moody, noirish illustrations. He then retired from that world and did excellent work illustrating a comics version of Paul Auster’s City Of Glass and his own (too short) comic, Rubber Blanket. This was many years ago and since then his work has been rare, only showing up in the odd anthology. Just released is his Astrios Polyp, a mid-life crisis graphic novel.

Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp

New York magazine has an excerpt from the book:


And Walrus magazine has a pretty in-depth review of the book:


Chris Ware in the latest Granta
July 12, 2009, 10:35 am
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Granta used to be a must read for me, but I have long stopped my subscription but still cherry pick issues. The current one is their “New Fiction Special” and has a piece by Chris Ware. Oh ya, it also has Paul Auster, Mavis Gallant, John Banville and a host of others.

Granta issue 106

Granta issue 106

Cormac McCarthy – The Road
May 13, 2009, 12:38 pm
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I haven’t purchased any new books yet,  so I’ve been going back to the pile of books I purchased when local store, Swipe closed down. I have been a little afraid to pick up The Road. It was reviewed well but it is a story of a father and son traveling along, well, the road. The story is set post apocalypse and it is the thought of fellow travelers that made me afraid. The first fifty pages were pretty safe. The second session of fifty pages made it difficult to sleep last night.

The Road

The Road