Adrian Tomine’s ‘New York Drawings’ [book]



Hungry in Helsinki, had no luck finding food on the street. I should have read this first.




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Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human. Not one single truth has ever been arrived at without people first having talked a dozen reams of nonsense.

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime And Punishment

We are all immigrants to this place even if we were born here: the country is too big for anyone to inhabit completely, and in the parts unknown to us we move in fear, exiles and invaders. This country is something that must be chosen – it is so easy to leave – and if we do choose it we are still choosing a violent duality.

- Margaret Atwood, The Journals of Susanna Moodie

I felt that I was a fake, an amnesiac, improvising my life moment by moment, and that nothing stuck to me, least of all insight… Every night I was shorn of the experiences I gained during the day.

– Edmund White, The Beautiful Room Is Empty

Francophilia: James Franco erotica



Misfits – a graphic adventure



Ben Lerner: Leaving the Atocha Station

We shook hands and I said I liked your reading and he thanked me but didn’t say anything back, I guess because he didn’t like my poetry and because Tomás couldn’t lie for the sake of politeness when it came to the most sacrosanct of arts. I was surprised how furious I became and how fast, but I didn’t say anything; I just smiled slightly in a way intended to communicate that my own compliment had been mere graciousness and that I in fact believed his writing constituted a new low for his or any language, his or any art.

- from

The Skinny Dipping Report



Beckett on language

“Since we cannot dismiss it all at once, at least we do not want to leave anything undone that can contribute to its disrepute. To drill one hole after another into it until that which lurks behind it, be it something or nothing, starts seeping through – I cannot imagine a higher goal for today’s writer.”

Letter to Axel Kaun, july 9, 1937

James Russell: The Agile City.

Hi, Adrian Tomine!

On Wednesday night, Comic superstar Adrian Tomine had a signing at (the awesome) Desert Island in Williamsburg to launch Optic Nerve 12. I won’t pretend to be any kind of expert in the graphic novel realm, but in the case of Optic Nerve, I’m a major fangirl.

I distinctly remember the first time I came across it – a friend was having a big sale/clear-out of his record store, and there was a copy of an early issue on the coffee table (not for sale). I opened it to a random page, and then had to sit down to read the next page, and the next… I spent the next hour ignoring everyone and everything around me. I couldn’t put it down.

There’s something so captivating and honest about his characters, and you end up reading the spaces around them as much as their expressions or words. So it was amazing to meet him in person and have a chat to him while he drew this for me, and customised another book for a friend. It’s awesome to meet your heroes and discover they’re just as approachable, sincere and funny as you imagined they’d be.