For anyone who likes movies (and who doesn’t), this is a great starting point for research as well as a fun set to browse. Each entry includes “a brief biography, a complete filmography, a selected bibliography of works by and about the entrant, and a critical essay written by a specialist in the field.” (from the “Editor’s Note”, V. 2, p. vii.) Almost all of the entries have a photograph of the person or a film still. If you’re doing research or writing a paper on a film or person covered in this title, your research just got a lot easier: the bibliography guides you to the best sources, and the brief critical essays are excellent.
The UArts Greenfield Library has three older editions of this title; a few entries are removed from each edition in order to make room for the new entries. Quentin Tarantino, for example, wasn’t included in this until the 1997 edition.
Looking for an animator? See Volume 4, Writers and Production Artists.
On theAbout Us page, the Atlas Obscura team says, “if you’re looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.”
This graphic memoir is emotionally powerful while remaining enjoyable. Bechdel tackles subjects such as homosexuality, fidelity and death using text and images that are tender, painstakingly rendered and suggestive. Exploring her past in the format of a graphic novel makes her story feel very personal. Drawing the reader in through colorless imagery, her text then elaborates on the sadness and struggle illustrated on the faces of her characters.
She recounts growing up in rural Pennsylvania, focusing her memories on her relationship with her father. Discovering her own sexuality as she matures, Bechdel reflects on her childhood with the knowledge that her father was gay. She is honest and insightful, sharing private details that occasionally make the reader wince with sympathy and discomfort.
To me, this book represents the importance of being grateful for the little things. You may not be as excited by an empty cardboard box as you once were, but it’s nice to try to remember to see things with new eyes and remember to look for the potential in often overlooked things. In honor of the upcoming holiday season, I hope this book will remind you of your perhaps long forgotten imagination and the beauty waiting to be found in even the simplest of things.
Pierre Alechinsky, born 1927, is a Belgian artist who has worked in painting, printmaking and film.
He is considered one of the founding members of the Cobra movement, which was an international group of artists who shared a fondness for experimentation and had a vision for a new art.
They rejected Western aesthetics and received inspiration from folk and naive art. The characteristics of the Cobra group can be seen in Alechinsky’s vivid colors and spontaneous line, as well as his fantastic subjects.