November 10, 2016

Reading Monster, a series of graphic novels by Naoki Urasawa – In Cold War-era Germany, brilliant surgeon  Kenzo Tenma couldnt’t have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples’ lives would result in the birth of an abomination. Years later, middle-aged childless couples are being killed…

Ice Haven (2005)

A collected series of comic strips by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) – The structure reminds me of Peyton Place by Grace Metalious. A solemn, insightful and often funny meditation on the failure of human communication and the deadening isolation and frustration which result.

Fever Ray (2009 Album)

Back in 2009, I was receiving at least 100 albums a week from the music labels. This one immediately stood out as different and great.  The first track, “If I Had A Heart,” was licensed for a montage on “Breaking Bad,” then as the main title on “Vikings.” Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife leans…