A leave of absence

Friday, February 22, 2008

The bad news:

  • I broke my wrist
  • Typing now takes forever
  • I have an abscessed molar and an impending root canal
  • I have a bacterial infection in my jaw and can barely open my mouth or chew
  • I need to find babysitters for my newly incapacitated self and active baby girl
The good news:
  • I now have more time to read


Friday, February 1, 2008

Persopolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Bad things:

  • Oppressive puppet regimes orchestrated by the British government
  • A promising revolution which quickly devolves into Islamic fundamentalism
  • War with Iraq to distract citizens from the new evil government
  • A religion which encourages the worst behavior from the devout

Good and bad:
  • Oil
  • communists

  • Spunky girls
  • Poignant writing
  • Stark illustrations reflecting the claustrophobia of living in fear from your own government

In honor of this graphic novel, I thought I'd keep this review concise. While at the library this week, I stumbled across this book, which I've been looking for for ages. It did not disappoint. Now I'm looking forward to reading the sequel and watching the movie.