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Friday, November 16, 2007

 
Jog on Betsy and Me -- Every once in a while, you read a review you wish you wrote. I wish I was even capable of writing as insightful and nuanced a review as Jog's review of Jack Cole's Betsy and Me. I mentioned earlier this week that I thought the book was worth reading, but damn if Jog doesn't explore why in unimpeachable terms.

I can't remember the last time, as a writer, that I was as jealous of someone else's gift as I was when I read Jog's observation that "I think there's a risk with a book like this, an admirable and informative book, to let the sadness behind this material permeate everything, so strongly is it broadcast by the collection's contours." (Emphasis mine).

Anyone worried that we don't have enough language to criticize comics as a distinct artform needs to read more of Jog's reviews, especially this one. To quote Kevin on The Office:

"Niiiiiiiiice."

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