Grotesque Dollhouse: A Close Reading of Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary

The following post is based on a course assignment from a few years ago that offered me the opportunity to closely read and trace a few pages from Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary, one of my favorite autobiographical comics. My New York Diary is also an early contemporary feminist classic of graphic autobiography. I … Continue reading Grotesque Dollhouse: A Close Reading of Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary

Doll Hospital Journal

                Doll Hospital is an intersectional/queer/feminist literary mental health journal, founded by Bethany Rose Lamont in 2014, that often focuses on personal experiences of survival, told through art and literature. This is a super cute, well designed and important little book to own, carry with you, support, and recommend to friends and family. From … Continue reading Doll Hospital Journal

Book Pile: Comics and Mental Health

A selection of comics related to mental (and physical) health. These are honest, beautiful, and often brutal narratives. Included in this assembly (with descriptions from publishers' websites): My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (2017) Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of … Continue reading Book Pile: Comics and Mental Health

On Collecting Books, and How Objects Haunt Us and Piece Us Together

I have been a collector for a very long time, taking pleasure in the way objects are arranged around me in the various rooms of houses and apartments where I have lived. When I was a child I would intricately arrange objects along the shelves and ledges of my bedroom and curate new arrangements every … Continue reading On Collecting Books, and How Objects Haunt Us and Piece Us Together