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Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience
Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience

“It’s by writing… by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present.”

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Tove Jansson’s Vintage Philosophical Moomin Comics About Identity, Belonging, and Why We Join Groups
Tove Jansson’s Vintage Philosophical Moomin Comics About Identity, Belonging, and Why We Join Groups

“It’s rather difficult, when one has MANY friends, to show loyalty to them all at the same time…”

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Six Rare Recordings of Denise Levertov Reading Her Poetry, Illustrated by Artist Ohara Hale
Six Rare Recordings of Denise Levertov Reading Her Poetry, Illustrated by Artist Ohara Hale

“Love is a landscape the long mountains / define but don’t / shut off from the / unseeable distance.”

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Freud’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic
Freud’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic

“You have to listen carefully. The unconscious mind is crafty.”

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The History of Philosophy, in Superhero Comics
The History of Philosophy, in Superhero Comics

Roof-jumping with Kierkegaard, archaeological adventures with Foucault, wayfinding in the woods with William James, and more.

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Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles M. Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions
Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles M. Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions

“[Charlie Brown] reminded people, as no other cartoon character had, of what it was to be vulnerable, to be small and alone in the universe, to be human — both little and big at the same time.”

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The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: Comic Artists Reimagine Beloved Childhood Classics, from Tolstoy’s Fairy Tales to Harry Potter
The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: Comic Artists Reimagine Beloved Childhood Classics, from Tolstoy’s Fairy Tales to Harry Potter

“One sign of a great work of literature or art is that it can be interpreted multiple ways, that it remains ambiguous, refusing to provide clear-cut answers.”

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Tom Gauld’s Brilliant Literary Cartoons Blur the Artificial Line Between “High” and “Pop” Culture
Tom Gauld’s Brilliant Literary Cartoons Blur the Artificial Line Between “High” and “Pop” Culture

From Hemingway’s hangovers to the messiness of creative collaborations, wryly witty visual satire of intellectualism.

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R. Crumb Illustrates Philip K. Dick’s Hallucinatory Spiritual Experience
R. Crumb Illustrates Philip K. Dick’s Hallucinatory Spiritual Experience

“There is nothing worse… no punishment greater than to have known God and no longer to know him.”

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To Be or Not To Be: <em>Hamlet</em> as a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Novel
To Be or Not To Be: Hamlet as a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Novel

Ophelia as an emancipated science-lover and Hamlet as an emo thirty-something.

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