Gweek 107: Adrian Tomine and Rob Walker


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Adrian Tomine is a cartoonist whose books include Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, and his ongoing comic book series Optic Nerve. He’s also a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and the first ten years of his work for that magazine was recently collected in the book New York Drawings.

Rob Walker is a technology and culture columnist for Yahoo News, a regular contributor to Design Observer, and he just started a new “watercooler therapy” advice column called The Workologist for the New York Times Sunday business section. His latest book is called Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things, co-edited with Joshua Glenn.

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Show notes:

Optic Nerve #13. The most recent issue of Adrian Tomine's long running comic book, published by Drawn & Quarterly.

The New Yorker Fiction podcast. A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

Procrastinaut, a spinoff blog to Rob's Yahoo gig.

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women’s Prison, and the Netflix TV series based on it. She told a story about her life in prison at a Moth event.

The Best of EC Artist’s Edition, Vol 1. Full size original art from old EC comics show with fanatically obsession for detail, and printed on bristol board pages.

Rob: "I got a lot out of the recent book On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, in which Alexandra Horwitz takes walks with experts on typography, insects, and whatnot, to learn to see her city in a new way." Read Rob's review on Design Observer.

Adrian: "I just plowed through My Lunches With Orson, the book of conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles. I would love to see the comic-industry equivalent."

Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me: And Other Astute Observations. Mark: "Fantagraphics has reprinted Peter Bagge’s comic strip reporting for Reason magazine. I’m not a libertarian, but I am a civil libertarian, so I agree most of the time with Bagge’s viewpoint. Even when I don’t he’s terrifically entertaining."

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