Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

 "It is a wise father that knows his own child."
     -William Shakespeare.
It's almost a law to appreciate your dad. Whatever your father does, you have to appreciate it. You may not love him, but you appreciate him, because he helps  build character. Father's day was specifically made for any child to say thanks to our dads for whatever they did, that has helped and/or helps you throughout life. Well, to say thank you, you have to say it in a fun way. For father's day, the Brodskys had a little barbecue, had backyard games, and then went to see a movie of our dad's choice (though i tried to persuade him, we didn't go see Super 8, we saw Green Lantern). After the movie, my dad and I discussed the movie for 30 minutes like always, (except for Inception, we took 2 hours on that one), read, and then a hug that spoke "Thanks, Dad." Looking back at our life together, we were always very serious around each other, and when I had a problem he would always understand, nod his head, and ask "Wanna talk about it?" So yeah, today make sure to say thanks to your dad at the least, or do something nice to him, even if it's a really small thing. It doesn't have to be your dad, it can be anyone who has made you strong the past 8 years.
Happy Father's Day, Dad. :-)


Monday, June 13, 2011

What It Is

"What It Is" is a wonderful book by Lynda Barry and The Magic Cephalopod. Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, writer, cartoonist, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and a teacher. I think she is one of my role models now, because I always wanted to be all those things, and I didn't think it was humanly possible to do all  of them in one lifetime. The Magic Cephalopod is more of a pathfinder, and guides pens and pencils. Because of that, I think I respect cephalapods more. (Check out this website, really interesting. ). Anyways, both (creatures?) are very awesome and talented, and you should definitively read more about them.
So, What It Is is a very, very different and unique book, and I still can't figure out what the book is, most of it is a comic biography about Lynda's life, and some of it is very bizarre pages with random scraps of random pictures, drawings questions, quotes, thoughts, feelings, and numbers. Though a bit strange, I really like the style, and it always leaves me thinking. I think Lynda is very passionate about imagination, creativity and thinking, juts like me. Even more like me, 1/3 of the whole book teaches how to write in an activity book form. Probably the most clever, memorable and definitively the most creative and/or unique book I've read.  But even still, I can't figure out what it is.