Thursday, July 23, 2009

What It Is

Oh, man. This book blew my mind. I saw it at Copperfield's in California, and couldn't put it out of my mind, so I ordered it. I've liked Lynda Barry's work before, but this is so different -- it is a masterpiece of art and psychology. "Toys are costumes for inner space creatures" is perhaps my favorite phrase in the book. There is so much good stuff in here about the psychology of creativity, about drawing, and especially about writing. This is totally how I wanted my book to feel. At times I accomplished it... but... not like this. I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come. This may become my favorite gift to give!


  1. Lynda Barry is a goddess! She may be returning to Pittsburgh with her writing workshop (based on this book). She brought the workshop to the PCA early this year and it was very successful.

  2. Twas certainly a fine gift to receive :)