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What it is
Barry, Lynda
Adult Nonfiction PN6727.B36 W48 2008

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Summary: "Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+" (Salon.com) How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Comprising completely new material, each page of Barry's first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-colour collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary." Praise for Lynda Barry's previous work: "Barry is, underneath the wonky handwriting and the quirky, na*ve drawings, a great memoirist ... Like [Tobias] Wolff and [Dave] Eggers, she finds a tone that accommodates self-criticism and self-irony without tipping over into self-loathing ... but what she is particularly good at is resonance." (New York Times) "Barry is not just a storyteller, she's an evangelist who urges people to pick up a pen-or a brush ... and look at their own lives with fresh, forgiving eyes." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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