Rambling and linking

No, I won’t be needing a gift receipt: Whenever I set my mind to getting a start on holiday shopping, I always end up buying a lot of stuff for myself. I’m not proud of this, obviously, but there it is. I did manage to resist towels from Macy’s Hotel Collection, which are about as hot as linens can get, because they’re cripplingly expensive.

Survey says: I haven’t done an exhaustive search, but based on anecdotal experience, the best manga selection to be found in Pittsburgh is probably at the Borders in South Hills.

Weaponized baking: I always thought those cookie guns were among the stupidest kitchen gadgets imaginable until my partner bought one over the weekend. We made cheese crackers, and they are unimaginably delicious. And it really is fun to fire perfectly shaped drops of dough onto a baking sheet. I think my arteries are trembling in fear at this point.

So I don’t have to: I can move the second volume of Kazuhiro Okamoto’s lovely Translucent (Dark Horse) out of my “to review” pile, because Katherine Dacey-Tsuei has perfectly summed up the book’s merits in the latest Weekly Recon.

Minx links: J. Caleb Mozzocco takes an interesting qualitative/quantitative look at the Minx line to date over at Every Day Is Like Wednesday. The Washington Post names The Plain Janes one of the ten best comics of 2007. I don’t even think The Plain Janes is the best Minx book of 2007, but the inclusion of Aya delights me to no end.

5 Responses to Rambling and linking

  1. huff says:

    Yeah, that WP list is kind of lame. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since most newspapers will usually only pay attention to non-“literary” books if they’re from Vertigo, but devoting half the list to that line (which has been pretty ho-hum for years) is sad even if some of those books are solid. But nice to see Casanova getting some props.

  2. I have to second Huff on that one… the Washington Post’s list was pretty uninspired, even if its compiler had the good sense to recognize Aya. Thanks for the Translucent shout-out, by the way! Can’t say enough good things about this series…

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Translucent really is lovely… so low-key and sweet.

    Okay, and maybe it’s just me, but when the heck is Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms going to show up on a Best of 2007 list? It should be on all of them.

  4. No, it’s not just you… I’m puzzled that more people haven’t been singing its praises. It definitely tops my “Ten Best” list for 2007.

  5. John Jakala says:

    Thanks for reminding me of another book I have to add to my own “best” list. It would have been embarrassing to leave Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms off.

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