What It Is: The Formless Thing Which Gives Things Form by Lynda BarryWhat It Is: The Formless Thing Which Gives Things Form by Lynda Barry

What It Is: The Formless Thing Which Gives Things Form

byLynda Barry

Hardcover | April 23, 2008

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"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+" (Salon.com)How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Comprising completely new material, each page of Barry's first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-colour collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary." Praise for Lynda Barry's previous work:"Barry is, underneath the wonky handwriting and the quirky, na*ve drawings, a great memoirist ... Like [Tobias] Wolff and [Dave] Eggers, she finds a tone that accommodates self-criticism and self-irony without tipping over into self-loathing ... but what she is particularly good at is resonance." (New York Times)"Barry is not just a storyteller, she's an evangelist who urges people to pick up a pen-or a brush ... and look at their own lives with fresh, forgiving eyes." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Cartoonist, novelist and playwright LYNDA BARRY is the creator behind the syndicated strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. Her books include One Hundred Demons and The Good Times Are Killing Me.
Title:What It Is: The Formless Thing Which Gives Things FormFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 11.24 × 8.72 × 0.88 inPublished:April 23, 2008Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897299354

ISBN - 13:9781897299357

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Cure for Writer's Block / Creative Block Through its comic-book/collage-like presentation, Barry repeatedly asks us to ask ourselves what an image is. Where does it come from? Where does it reside? What role do dreams, imagination and memory play in the meaning of images? The writing activities are a cure for creative blocks of all kinds, and reveals the powerful association among words, images and emotions that we all carry inside. You will not be at a loss for your next idea.
Date published: 2008-11-07