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Vellichor Afternoons

I like trip-hop, anachronism, cats, both coffee and tea, the sound of rain on a tin roof, antique keys, pop culture as a substitute for religion, theatre, photography, Oxford commas, and, of course, reading.

Currently reading

John Dies at the End
David Wong
Geek Love
Katherine Dunn
I, Lucifer
Glen Duncan
The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British
Sarah Lyall
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
Tamar Adler, Alice Waters
Craven Place
Richard Wright
Bloodroot
Amy Greene
Unfamiliar Fishes
Sarah Vowell
Academics Handbook 2nd Ed-P
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel A graphic memoir in the same vein as Persepolis, Bechdel's Fun Home is at turns hysterical, moving, and incredibly heavy. In it, Bechdel tells of the troubled relationship with her father, a high school english teacher who relentlessly restores their large house with period antiques while alienating his family. AS Bechdel discovers in college that she is a lesbian, her coming out leads to her discovery of her father's own closeted proclivities; his death--perhaps by suicide--only makes her feelings toward her father more confused.

All in all, this is a really beautiful book--well illustrated and well written. Bechdel's framing of her personal story by the works of literature she encounters throughout the story creates an intertext that imbues the story with more depth then the average retelling of a family story. The character of her father that emerges is conflicted, passionate, cruel, detached, and enigmatic, and the story is touching--painfully, beautifully so.