19 May 2006

Rereading

I don't often reread books. It's just not something I regularly do, but lately, I've been looking to my shelves for familiarity. Books that I've read that I also own I wouldn't keep if the experience of reading it hadn't affected me in some meaningful way. Sometimes it confirms something that I know to be true; others entertain, instruct, or reassure; and some inspire.

15. Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantok (4/5)
16. Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantok (4/5)
17. The Golden Mean by Nick Bantok (4/5)

These are books I wish I'd written and drawn. I feel so disconnected from my art these days as though long ago it was vanquished and drawn from my body never to return. And yet flickers of inspiration sometimes return, not quite enough to compel me to draw or to paint but enough to make me think about it. Maybe like some of the worst demons on Charmed, some things can never truly be vanquished.

As for Bantok's Griffin & Sabine series, I wonder how these books will hold up over time as postcards and letters become more and more a thing of the past. I can only hope that they remind or reveal to people the lovely tangibility and expressiveness of a piece of hand-prepared mail.

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4 comments :

  1. I love the Griffin and Sabine books. That is, I love the first and 3rd, the 2nd almost had me convinced it was a dream (sort of Alice-like, I hated that)...

    I've reread Good Omens lots of times, at least once a year. Love it.. It's just too funny!

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  2. The Forgetting Room is quite good too. I'll probably reread that sometime soon. Need to see if he's written anything lately.

    I'll keep an eye out for Good Omens- sounds good.

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  3. The Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver, BC will be presenting the play version of the books in October 2006. I can't wait!

    www.artsclub.com

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  4. Mateo2006: I didn't know they had a play version of them. Sounds cool.

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