I went back recently to a novel I had earlier read, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (New York: Penguin, 2002). The heroine and narrator of this book, Lily Owens, is a 14 year old white teenager who runs away from home with Rosaleen, her nanny and the family maid. The setting [...]

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Having recently reviewed Ellen Forney’s Marbles, I would now like to take up one aspect of another notable graphic memoir, Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis (New York: Pantheon, 2003-2004). Persepolis relates the story of Marjane Satrapi, who grew up during the time of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. (The story was made into a feature movie that [...]

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  “Our audience is like people who like licorice,” Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead once said. “Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.”  ”Annals of Obsession: Deadhead–The Afterlife,” by Nick Paumgarten for The New Yorker. One path to marketing success is “licorice,” in Jerry Garcia’s sense. This could [...]

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