That's "Lying In Bed," as in, what's on your bedside table?
I took an informal survey around the office to see what my co-workers are reading before they enter the Land of Wind and Ghosts each night.
Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean by Douglas Wolk
Enlightening essays about the history of comics, the modern scene, and its innovators. The book has been promoted as a terrific primer — which it might well be, although actual newcomers would be well served by having a copy of the books under discussion close at hand.
Personally, I think Reading Comics works best for the more seasoned comics reader, who will enjoy Wolk's penetrating analysis, which is always interesting, whether s/he agrees with him or not.
A fascinating, detailed dissection of the screenwriting process. Cohen interviews the writers and explores the sometimes torturous path from idea to finished film.
While he includes such gems as A Simple Plan, Lost In Translation, and American Beauty, Cohen doesn't shy away from failure — it's intriguing to see how the best of intentions lie behind such seismic flops as Evening and Pay It Forward.
The Dragonslayer: Bone, Volume 4 (Bone #04) by Jeff Smith
I'm rereading the entire saga — this time in color! The first three books remain my favorite (the story slows a bit when it bogs down in LOTR territory), but few writer/artists can challenge Jeff Smith for skill and storytelling bravado.
A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe by Lauren Weedman
Cringe-inducingly awesome! It really is as hilarious as I'd been told. And Lauren's stint on The Daily Show cured me of my desire to write for Jon Stewart. Unless a Daily Show producer is reading this, in which case — HIRE ME!
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Here's what Danielle Marshall, our Promotions Specialist and one-time Folk Singer, is reading:
Farther Along by Donald Harington
Probably one of the strangest and most wonderful books I have ever read...
(due out in May)
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
For my book club. Can't say I am loving it, but I am definitely in like with it.
Reading this one with my daughter. Cute, fun — a throwback to an earlier time in kids' lit.
Just tryin' to justify my generation's existence.
Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock
Damn, some people can just flat out write.
Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch
Re-reading it for an upcoming interview with the author. I was an early adopter of this #1 BookSense pick and I truly hope it will find a large audience.
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AmyN, our Web Alliance Leader or Fashion Consultant (depending on whom you ask), is spending her nights with these titles:
Never Let Me Go: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Beautifully written, but also creepy.
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama
I recently finished Mistress of the Revolution (by Catherine Delors), and reading historical fiction always inspires me to get my facts straight. Schama's book fits that bill and then some... and then some more after that.
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And what's on YOUR bedside table, Dear Reader? (Books only, please; we'd rather not know the rest...)
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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