I powered through two books this month and took advantage of my week long break between academic quarters.
The Last Man: After finishing Saga (Compendium One), also written by Brian K Vaughan, a friend gifted me The Last Man (Vol 1) and what a wild ride Into a world where all the world’s men die except for one.
Similar to the narrative structure of Saga, numerous (and what seems unrelated) character storylines overlap or are on the brink of converging. As I read The Last Man, I was reminded of the television show Lost, in which Vaughan was a writer for seasons 3 through 5. I plan to continue with this nail biter of an illustrated series.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
One of the most celebrated debut novels from 2019 is Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, an incredibly prose-rich story about a gay Vietnamese immigrant in America. Many times I rested the book on my chest to ponder Vuong's poetic one-liners, like "Dear Ma, I am writing to reach out -- even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are." Vuong is a poetic power house.
Inbox: Next up is finishing Saeed Jones's How We Fight for Our Lives and bell hooks's Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center.