Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Grown-up life is harder than I thought

I buy a lot of books from used bookstores, which means I take a chance on a lot of books I've never heard of. Most of the time I get burned, but every now and then I find something good.

This was how I found Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee, a novel I'd never heard of, and it turned out to be the best novel I've read all year. It's not at all the kind of thing I would normally read, but it's amazing (and, for a 560 page novel, an incredibly fast read). I wish I could easily describe what it's about, but it's an awkward sort of novel to summarize in a compact, elevator pitch description ("sprawling modern day Victorian novel featuring Korean-Americans from all walks of life and every rung of the class ladder, poised at the edge of what-do-we-do-with-our-lives and finding their way in mid-1990s Manhattan" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue).

There's an interview with the author (4 parts on YouTube) that does a much better job of describing the novel than anything I could say. So I'll only add that although the book has nothing to do with being an artist (except possibly for protagonist Casey Han's love of making hats), reading it I somehow felt as if it was describing exactly the same trials and pains and pressures that I feel as an artist.

There are probably other books that do exactly the same thing, but Free Food for Millionaires does it really damn well.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Also while in Seattle...

...we saw an exhibition of particular artist at the Seattle Art Museum, and attended a certain interactive entertainment themed nerd convention.

Public Market

My wife and I went to Seattle a couple weeks ago, and I did this sketch from the window of our hotel. (I know, it's what every artist draws in Seattle, this or the Space Needle.) Below is a photo of the same view.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

All-Talking, All-Dancing, All-Singing Taliban

Hey, it looks like Bye-Bye Bin Laden just got a pretty awesome review from KGO Radio's Ronn Owens and film critic Tim Sika, who calls it "the film with an all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing Taliban," which is a better tagline than we could ever come up with.

Check out the audio of the review!

Incidentally, Bye-Bye Bin Laden is out today! Go buy it now on the Cinequest website!