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Monday, June 30, 2008

The Monday Briefing -- Hello, good morning and welcome to the Monday Briefing for the last day of June, 2008. Where does the time go? I usually answer "Shushan," which is a small, small village in Washington County, New York that has a lovely little museum, a train station and not much else.

Anyways, it was a fairly busy weekend of blogging hereabouts, so if you missed it, here's what you can catch up on today:

* I reviewed Lewis Black's new book on religion and go into my thoughts on the subject.

* Coincidentally, I also reviewed the most recent run of Godland issues by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli.

* I reviewed Trains are...Mint, an autobio/travelogue sort of graphic novel from upstart Blank Slate Books. Also took a look at the same publisher's We Can Still Be Friends; two very different books, but both worth your attention. Blank Slate is one to watch.

* If you've been reading me for any length of time at all, you know I really dig the comics of Nate Powell. His latest book got reviewed here this weekend, Swallow Me Whole. It won't be out for a couple of months, so let your retailer know you WANT. Because YOU DO.

* I organized the books on the shelf over my desk yesterday, causing me to list the books on writing that I keep close to hand. Do you have any writing guides or inspirations that you find useful?

* Bonus: The best thing I read online this weekend was Tom Spurgeon's interview with cartoonist Lynda Barry. It made me want her new book a lot, but it was sold out at the closest Borders. So I bought Charles Schulz's Happiness is a Warm Puppy instead. I haven't read it since I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, but since it was Schulz's first book and is filled with (presumably) illustrations unique to the book, I thought it was worth adding to my library. I brought my son along on the trip and bought him a Spongebob-heavy Nickelodeon magazine, which he devoured in the car on the ride home.

And that's that with that, as David Paymer used to say on Line of Fire, which was a really good show.

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