Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Recent Reading

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

I have been long aware of Chris Ware's beautifully illustrated books, but had no idea that the story of Jimmy Corrigan was one of the most depressing - and, sadly, accurate - portrayals of a hapless nerd and three generations of his dysfunctional family. A gripping story that is, in turns, heartbreaking and hilarious, and one that does not succumb to an easy resolution. The Smartest Kid on Earth? More like the Most Miserable Fuck Ever.

If you think you grew up in a difficult household, check this out and be prepared to reassess.