“Ally and enemy, genius and failure; delightful and despicable, ridiculous and deadly, beautiful and hideous, hilarious and bitter, clever and foolish, Loki is the God of Nothing in Particular yet unmistakably of the World Itself. It was in reading [d’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths] that I first felt the power of that ambiguity. Loki never turned up among the lists of Great Literary Heroes (or villains) of Childhood, and yet he was my favorite character in the book that was for many years my favorite, a book whose subtitle might have been ‘How Loki Ruined the World and Made it Worth Talking About’…
Loki was the god of my own mind as a child, with its competing impulses of vandalism and vision, of imagining things and smashing them. And as he cooked up schemes and foiled them, fathered monsters and stymied them, helped forestall the end of the world and hastened it, he was the god of the endlessly complicating nature of plot, of storytelling itself….
Loki was funny—he made the other gods laugh. In his fickleness and his fertile imagination he even brought pleasure to Odin, who with all of his well-sipping and auto-asphyxiation knew too much to otherwise be amused. This was, in fact, the reason why Odin had taken the great, foredoomed step of making Loki his blood brother—for the pleasure, pure and simple, of his company. Loki was the god of the irresistible gag, the gratuitous punch line, the improvised, half-baked solution—the God of the Eight-Year-Old Boy—and like all great jokers and improvisers, was often the butt and punchline of his greatest stunts….
We all grew up—all of us, from the beginning—in a time of violence and invention, absurdity and Armageddon, prey and witness to the worst and best in humanity, in a world ruined and made interesting by Loki. I took comfort, as a kid, in knowing that things had always been this awful and as wonderful as they were now, even if, in Maryland in 1969, it seemed a little more true than usual.”
–Michael Chabon, Preface to d’Aulaires book of Norse Myths, 1995
Free Comics Event Series Celebrates Will Eisner Week
Portland State University invites you to a week of special events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Will Eisner, the legendary cartoonist whose influence defined the contours and possibilities of American comics in his lifetime and beyond!
Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration around the week of March 6th, every year. It celebrates “graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.” Eisner is best known for championing the development of the graphic novel as a literary form, and for creating The Spirit, the iconic 1940s hero that redefined newspaper comics. However, Eisner’s achievements stretch even further. In celebration of Eisner’s centennial, Will Eisner Week engages with his legacy for a week of thought-provoking events on the PSU campus.
Documentary Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist”
This award-winning full-length feature film is the definitive documentary on the life and art of Will Eisner, father of the graphic novel, and includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, and Frank Miller, among others. The documentary will be followed by a discussion between Marvel Comics best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis and Eisner’s former Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz.
Friday, March 3, 2017 12 noon – 3:30 p.m. Cramer Hall room #150 1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
- all things cease to appear by elizabeth brundage - my brilliant friend by elena ferrante (everything ferrante has ever done also) - the last of her kind by sigrid nunez - eileen by ottessa moshfegh - NW by zadie smith - the flamethrowers by rachel kushner - the hours by michael cunningham - a manual for cleaning women by lucia berlin - moonglow by michael chabon - the house of mirth by edith wharton - the girls by emma cline - to the lighthouse by virgina woolf - the signature of all things by elizabeth gilbert - the last of her kind by sigrid nunez - the flamethrowers by rachel kushner - the night circus by erin morgenstern - a streetcar named desire by tennessee williams - the gunslinger by stephen king - it by stephen king - mrs. dalloway by virginia woolf
hi rhiannon, Im 16 and trying to immerse myself into literature and science at the moment. would you be so kind as to recommend your favorite books? Maybe some scientific/ poetic/ enlightening/ philosophical ones ? Which ever ones, really. Thank ya! -abigail
this is great because i was just admonishing an engineering major for not reading more! this is what i said:
the AMAZING ADVENTURES of kavalier and clay by michael chabon (and all of his books tbh), a tree grows in brooklyn by betty smith, octavia butler and james tiptree for scifi, zora neale hurston just like off the top of my head but i also make book review videos and read a bunch of sciencey stuff
I’d been meaning to make a rec list for a while, but now I’m finally getting around to it! I’ve read or started to read most of the books on this list, and I own 95% of them. If I haven’t read it, but someone has recommended it to me, I’ve included it. I know that there are books
I’ve read or have been meaning to read that aren’t on here because my memory is
shit and I never write anything down. Titles link to Goodreads.
An asterisk (*) indicates a book I haven’t read yet. A pound sign (#) indicates a book I haven’t read yet, but which others have recommended. A tilde (~) indicates a book I’m in the process of reading and would recommend up to the current point (aka “I don’t know if this book has a terrible second half, but so far it’s good”). Italics indicate a personal favorite.
He kissed her at the salt cellar of her throat. The open collar of her shirt released a cloud of Opium perfume that literally dizzied him. He laid a cheek against the scrollwork of her clavicles and tried to collect his thoughts. He remembered having read that the temple of Delphi, home of the ancient oracle, was built over a geologic fault that released vapor from a seam of hydrocarbons far below the surface, that the sibyl’s trances and prophecies were effects of ethylene intoxication. He hoped that he was not about to start talking some kindred type of nonsense. He closed his eyes and helplessly imbibed.
michael chabon dragged the shit out of donald trump the other day but the only outlets reporting on it are breitbart etc. so i’m posting the full quote here so you don’t have to go to breitbart. welcome.
Every morning I wake up and in the seconds before I turn my phone on to see what the latest news is, I have this boundless sense of optimism and hope that this is the day that he’s going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney.
And every day so far, I have been disappointed in that hope. But, you know, hope springs eternal. He’s an old guy, he doesn’t eat well, he’s overweight. He has terrible nutrition. He doesn’t exercise and it’s that not that hard to imagine.
One of my New School Year Resolutions is to read as many Pulitzers between this fall and the next as possible (an idea spawned pretty much out of absolute boredom and need for a pet-project). It’ll be interesting to see how this list changes throughout the next 12 months, and when I’m finally finished I’ll create a much more detailed one describing what I do/don’t like about each book!
Please let me know if you have any recommendations!!
reading michael chabon feels like your childhood rabbi is dragging you by the hair over a cold, shallow riverbed, they describe the surroundings in long, mythological tangents, they say “this is good for you” and you say “i know”
Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner setting (yolk-nuh-pah-taw-fa)
Robert Zajonc (zai-unts)
Slavoj Žižek (slah-voi zhee-zhek)
Andrzej Żuławski (ahn-drey zhu-wavv-ski)
1 Portuguese has a much more complicated phonetics than English & so these are especially approximate.
2 Because Giacometti was from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland a kind of second order snobbishness has descended on the pronunciation of his name. Most people who would judge you pronounce it as you would in Italian (jah-coh-mett-ee) but an inner-inner circle insist on correcting even these people with the Swiss-Italian pronunciation listed here.
3 The pronunciation of the -ch as soft instead of hard, unlike every other instance in German, was contrived after the philosopher’s death to avoid a near-homophony with that language’s word for ‘fuck.’
4 The last syllable doesn’t have an English equivalent but rhymes with the French pronunciation of Jean’s.
5 The first letter (qaf/qof/ق) has no equivalent in English or any other Western language and is more glottal than either of the sounds starting these approximations.
Hey dolls! I have some more books to share with you all this summer! I’ve been seriously reading like crazy, & I’m certain these babies will be delish🍍
🥝A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
🥝The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
🥝Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton (remember my crush on him lol)
🥝Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God & Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman
🥝Moonglow by Michael Chabon
🥝Texas Death Row: Executions in the Modern Era by Bill Crawford
🥝The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones & People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn
🥝House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
🥝Man Crazy by Joyce Carol Oates
🥝The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace
🥝Sleeping with the Enemy by Nancy Price
Anyways, I hope you all are reading lots of great stuff & I’m always open to giving and receiving recommendations!! Message to me chat about books!!❤️🍎🌸🍦😘