The most evolved finch of Online Commentaries & Diversions:
• Review: Tom Kaczynski's Best Testing the Apocalypse is reviewed on Bookslut. Martyn Pedler states, "Science fiction is notoriously unreliable when it comes to predicting Saturn dreams, laser beams, and 21st century sex machines. It’s fantastic, however, at taking our present reality and making it strange again. Beta Testing The Apocalypse makes us Martians to better let us see what’s happening all around us. Read it and witness the disquieting Gernsback of Now."
• Review: Beta Testing The Apocalypse
is reviewed by Comics Metropolis
. "…a book with an elegant and agile format, immediate in its communicative ability, and extraordinarily dense in its content. An essential reading," writes Biri.
• Interview (audio): Michael Kupperman
speaks to Julie Klausner on How Was Your Week
• Review (audio):
The Inkstuds roundtable
talks about the Best Books of 2012. Joe McCulloch, Robin McConnell, Tom Spurgeon and Bill Kartalopoulos talk about Lilli Carré
's Heads or Tails
at the 2 hour, 2 minutes mark. All agreed there was a lot of work. And good work. "Lilli is very good at short stories
," says Bill. " 'The Rainbow Movement' was a beautiful short story and exquisite
In case you missed it, 7 Miles A Second
was a Publishers Weekly
Pick of the Week. "How do you draw grief"? David Wajnarowicz, James Romberger
and Marguerite Van Cook
know. "The author’s prose is poetic, arriving with a light touch while delivering a heavy, dark, and understandably angry message
Originally posted on The Comics Journal
, then reposted on Boing Boing, Marc Sobel speaks to Ed Piskor
at length. In regards to Hip Hop Family Tree
, Piskor states, "I think the value that my book has and will have over time as I keep moving forward is that it really does stand a chance of being one of the most comprehensive histories of hip hop culture. There really isn’t one resource that includes all of this minutiae and stuff that I’m focusing on
• Plug: The Poetry Foundation
revisits The Last Vispo after reading another review. "We’re still reading and looking through our copy, enjoying the sheer abundance and diversity of work gathered together
," writes Harriet Staff.
• Interview (audio): Gary Groth
appears for a full hour on TELL ME SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW
now on Boing Boing
. Hold onto your comics, it's a great ride.