Carrie sent me this link to an analysis of a single scene from the comic Saga, which Carrie reviewed here in November.
It's a scene that is poignant and powerful on first read, and takes on additional layers with this analysis from Matthew Derman: Lying Cat, Sophie, and Me.
Then in this month’s Saga #14, Lying Cat and Sophie shared a one-page scene that reestablished their core concepts in a beautifully boiled down, purified way, and also made me like them both a lot more than I ever have before. It was such a straightforward, simple, and heartwarming moment, at once making Sophie’s lack of depth feel earned and using Lying Cat’s abilities in the best way we’ve seen thus far.
I recently recommended Saga to a friend, who immediately had to buy all the collected editions out so far because it's so good, and so addictive.
Thank you to G.K. who sent me these links:
Rings that look like books? YES, please!
There's a Romeo & Juliet book ring, and a Pride & Prejudice book ring, and they're both adorable.
They're $10 each, too. That's a rather spiffy price for a very cute gift (for yourself! Or someone else. You know, whatever works).
Another link? Yup. Romance novel spicy scenes made into jewelry? Yup yup!
The pendants are “mature audiences only” which always makes me laugh because I don't think of myself as very “mature.”
I'm over at Kirkus this week, talking about my rediscovered love of cross stitch, and listening while I sew:
Reading is still something we do by ourselves, and it's mostly a sole focus activity, by which I mean I can't read a book and do other things (well, I can walk and read a book but that's a skill that took years to learn and I wouldn't do that around Jersey drivers. They don't always stop for pedestrians, the jagoffs). Audiobooks allow me to split my attention between the book I'm listening to and the needle I'm trying to thread (AGAIN, DAMMIT) and, doofy as it sounds, I'm tremendously happy. Audiobooks and cross stitching are the peanut butter and chocolate combo my brain craves—now that I've cleaned out the closets, anyway.
Right now, I'm listening to George Carlin Reads to You, which is so not safe for kids, but is very salty and funny. Do you stitch and listen, too? What's your craft of choice?