What if Punching Nazis is the Only Way to Fight Fascism?

How the mob saved America from 1930s fascism in Gangsters Versus Nazis The Depression-Era violence perpetrated against U.S. citizens by the government, from strike-busting by National Guard troops to General Douglas McArthur gassing WWI veterans on the Washington Mall, is shocking even by today’s standards. That’s to say nothing of the Japanese internment camps, the … Read more

A Talking Cat Shares the Meaning of Life and Books!

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa begins with a death. Rintaro, the main character, has just lost his beloved grandfather. But he soon discovers even amidst his grief that his grandfather has left him with a tremendous gift…a love for books and a legacy, his small yet eclectic second-hand bookshop. Natsuki Books is … Read more

Book Review: ‘Transit,’ By Rachel Cusk : NPR

Transit, the second installment of Rachel Cusk’s cumulatively affecting post-divorce trilogy that began with Outline, is a reading journey you wish didn’t have to end — so it’s a good thing there’s a third volume on the itinerary. This isn’t to say these subdued, meandering novels are a joyride, at least not in the usual … Read more

A Couple Health & Fitness Recommendations

If you carry any Health & Fitness books, here are a couple worth carrying. Starting Strength a ‘Must-Own’ For Any Weightlifter There’s a reason that everyone recommends Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength to any beginner looking to better themselves in the weight room — it’s one of the premiere entry-level books on bodybuilding, and has been … Read more

BeListed to DeListed

by Jas Faulkner 

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Kyle Baker’s comic masterpiece, “Why I Hate Saturn” is one of many graphic novels no longer in print.

I have never been a fan of “best of” lists.  It’s not the subjectivity that gets me.   They always seemed so narrow.  The old sci-fi list books and the current crop of internet sites that are completely devoted to lists  seemed blinkered somehow, whether it was the inclusion or exclusion of certain works or publishers or authors  or in the case of the internet lists, the fact that nothing significant seems to have happened before 1995.  The easy assumption would be laziness on the part of the compilers, but I had to wonder if there was more to it than that.

Last week I got my answer.  An industry site I write for asked sent a request for lists of top fifty graphic novels.  My first response was, “Only fifty?”  It took me about thirty minutes to come up with a list of fifty graphic novels that I would recommend as the best of medium.   I started writing brief entries for each one, explaining why I included them.  Happy that I was so far ahead of the October 30th deadline, I took a break and started working on some other projects.

A couple of days later, I bumped into a colleague online and asked her how was her list coming along.

“Not gonna do it,” she said.  She didn’t care if it entailed getting a mention in a reference book, it just wasn’t worth it. “You are aware that every book on your list has to be in print.”

At that, I nodded and yuh-hunhed.  My list was full of titles that had been shortlisted for and sometimes awarded Nebulas, Ignatzes, Inkpots, Kirbys, Eisners, and so on.  It couldn’t be that hard.   Then I started looking up each title.  My list of fifty was reduced to a list of nineteen.  The thing is, I was not picking obscure collections or rarities.  Many of these books were critics’ favorites that made annual best of lists when they were first released.

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The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer—Fredric Brown–1948–IP I thought since my last post was about collecting side show/carny books, that I’d give the synopsis of one of the 100 best mysteries, as carnys are its theme. Fredric Brown was a prolific writer. He wrote not only crime fiction, but science fiction as well, and plenty of both. His … Read more