Old World


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

All right, Dan’s in France, and I haven’t read any comics that have inspired me to write in what seems like forever. Which means it’s half-assed quiz time. My high-school German is extremely rusty. Have any of you ever heard of this book? Because if this description is correct (“a pseudo-art-historical treatise on the paintings found in the backgrounds of Donald Duck comics”), then I am curious.

In other Euro news, many of you are probably already aware of it, but I’ve really been enjoying the Danish metabunker blog. The long interviews with rappers and the like I mostly skip, but Matthias Wivel writes very intelligently about comics.

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2 Responses to “Old World”
  1. Brian says:

    I haven’t read that, but I have read something that might be up your alley, and I was just reminded of it: A short story by Steven Millhauser called “A Precursor to the Cinema.” It’s the first story in McSweeney’s 15, and I don’t think it’s been reprinted anywhere since then. I could be wrong. Anyway, it’s great- It’s got the tone of Borges, only applied to a different base of knowledge- art history as opposed to literature. And while a lot of McSweeney’s stuff might be described as “winkingly clever,” this piece doesn’t wink at all- it just kind of stares at you straight into your eyes until you laugh to break the tension. Look into it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Millhauser is also responsible for, in my opinion, the finest prose writings about comics: The Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne and Edwin Mullhouse. No one has written about comics better, methinks.

    –Dan Nadel

    (can’t access my account, for some reason)

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