Iridesce Sent

Twists and Turns of Phrase ::

iridesce at gmail dot com ::
About Me

Subscribe to My Site Feeds:

Know; Correspond With; Love:
Something More Than a Machine

Know; Correspond With; Like:
I Am Tetsu Maiku!


Frenetic License

Knock-Off Brand Root Beer Can

Penultima Thule

Dan Stutzbach

Welcome Consumer

Don't Know; Correspond With; Like:
The Dayree of Pritcher Littlebarn

James and the Blue Cat

Not Falling Down

Something Requisitely Witty and Urbane

Don't Know; Don't Correspond With; Like:
Defective Yeti


Extended Cake Mix


Mighty Girl

Mimi Smartypants


Que Sera Sera

This Afternoon in Drama

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Boing Boing







Wired News

Art and Design:
Apartment Therapy

Design Sponge


MoCo Loco

Sensory Impact



Mark & Larry's Stuff

Mighty Goods

Wishing Fish

Thursday, May 03, 2007

I just finished reading (read: gazing at) The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a richly-illustrated storybook by Brian Selznick about a boy who lives in the walls of a train station. Expect healthy doses of automata, Paris, train crashes, film, magic, time, artists, and family, should you read it (and you should).

The book is hardback, novel-sized, and full of pencil drawings and text by Selznik. The ratio of drawings-pages to text-pages is about 2:1.

Hugo waxes nostalgic about going to movies with his father, and thus it's self-referential; the whole thing is a storyboard, complete with black frames around each spread.
That sounds amazing; I'll have to keep an eye out. It reminds me a little of a book by Michael Ende (who wrote The Neverending Story), which I have heard described but have not read - it's called both _Momo_ and _The Grey Gentlemen_, depending on the translator. There's also a picture book I saw recently in a comic book store - so it's intended for adults and has some words in it - called _The Three Incestuous Sisters_ (by Audrey Niffenegger). Man, I need to make some money so I can afford to buy more books.

Oooh! Turnabout is decidedly fair...

I hadn't heard about The Three Incestuous Sisters, but I adored Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, which you must read if you have not.

Are you banned from the libraries?

You make a good point about libraries; I always fall into the trap of assuming they won't have anything recent, whether this is true or not. Actually, my main goal for this week is to get a library card, which makes me feel very grand and sneaky - I always feel like I'm getting away with something if I can borrow books without really having to ask anyone. And, come to think, I can check out books from London Metropolitan University already, I just haven't tried.


as a librarian, i can say that we have the selznick book on order, and i have placed a hold on it for myself! i am second in line, and since we are getting two copies, i should get one right out of the gate.

Post a Comment


  This page is powered by Blogger, the easy way to update your web site.
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from Iridesce. Make your own badge here.

Home  |  Archives  
Site Meter