Archive for February, 2010

Perfect Peanuts

After she read him the above from the 1953-54 Fantagraphics Peanuts collection, my son said to my wife, “Yes, that’s right, because people aren’t perfect. Only things are perfect.” To which my wife replied, “Well, actually, things aren’t exactly perfect either. Nothing is really perfect.” So my son thought about that for a second, and […]

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Utilitarian Review 2/28/10

On HU This week was devoted to a roundtable on Ariel Schrag’s graphic memoir Likewise. The roundtable finished off with a lengthy guest post by Ariel Schrag herself. Jason Thompson also kindly contributed a guest post. Utilitarians Everywhere It was a slow week for me in other published writing, but this essay about the spiritual […]

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Likewise, A Response

THANK YOU First of all, thank you to everyone for taking the time to read, interpret, write about, and discuss Likewise. When I was writing Likewise (age 19, in a windowless basement in Brooklyn) I spent a lot of time fantasizing about people one day analyzing the book. That this is now happening is really […]

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Not-James: Y-fronts, dicks, and dykes

I’d like to make a couple of notes before beginning. Autobiography. I’m afraid that I approached this comic like a book, a story, a tale.  In truth, the story isn’t a story crafted and directed by the author except in methods of portrayal.  The other actors aren’t characters, they’re people with their own agendas and […]

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Ariel Schrag, Subject and Object

ARIEL SCHRAG, SUBJECT & OBJECT “I don’t wanna write something that like, other people would read, flipping through, I’d wanna write something important, you know?” “Not really.” When I read any fictional work, as much as I try not to, I’m always reading it as disguised autobiography. Most manga, as much as I like it, […]

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How Much Alike Is Likewise?

In comments, David rephrases Caro’s argument that Likewise ultimately fails to be enough like Ulysses. Let me see if I’ve got Caro’s basic “Likewise” argument right. The relative newness of the graphic novel as a distinct art form means that it has not yet evolved the deep and complex machinery necessary to successfully compete with […]

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Likewise Desire

Sufficient for the day is the newspaper thereof. – Ulysses, Episode 7 The title of the last volume of Ariel Schrag’s graphic memoir, Likewise, appears four times in Joyce’s Ulysses, most prominently in Episode 7, Aeolus, as one of the hyperbolic newspaper headlines: What? – and Likewise – Where? (Aeolus is the Greek god of […]

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