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The Grand Armada—Agency Author News

December 13, 2010

"It Gets Better" Project mentioned in Frank Rich's New York Times opinion piece, "Gay Bashing at the Smithsonian." Not to be missed... the kicker's at the end!

It’s partly to counteract the hate speech of persistent bullies like Donohue and Perkins that the Seattle-based author and activist Dan Savage created his “It Gets Better” campaign in which gay adults (and some non-gay leaders, including President Obama) make videos urging at-risk teens to realize that they are not alone. But even this humanitarian effort is controversial and suspect in some Beltway quarters: G.O.P. politicians and conservative pundits have yet to participate even though most of the recent and well-publicized suicides by gay teens have occurred in Republican Congressional districts, including those of party leaders like Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence and Kevin McCarthy.

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Whaleboats Under Sail

December 6, 2010

The New York Times Book Review (December 3), has a write-up by Douglas Wolk about Joyce Farmer's graphic novel, Special Exits: My Parents, a Memoir (Fantagraphics, 2010), which chronicles the story of her father's and step-mother's last years. Wolk calls it "forceful, unsparing and equally concerned, in its way, with saying the unsayable."

You can read the complete review of several recently released comics here. These are great words to summarize Joyce's work with.

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The Grand Armada—Agency Author News

December 6, 2010

Joyce Farmer's Special Exits (Fantagraphics, 2010) gets a great soundbite from librarian extraordinaire, Nancy Pearl, on her twitter:

In her powerful and moving graphic novel Special Exits, Joyce Farmer describes the last years in the lives of her parents. Left me in tears.

If you're on twitter, don't forget that you can follow the agency: (We won't flood you with wardrobe choices and lunch habits, just literary bites).

Posted by Waleslit on December 6, 2010  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats Under Sail

December 3, 2010

Joyce Farmer's Special Exits: My Parents, a memoir, a graphic novel, is out with Fantagraphics to fantastic reviews, including a starred PW review:

Underground feminist comic artist Farmer's account of how she looked after her aging parents is a quiet wonder... The story is stunning for its antisentimental realism, as well as for the glimpses of fantasy (Lars's hallucination of Hades' ferryman, Charon, rowing by in the hallway) that flicker by like ghosts. (view the full review here)

And here's a discussion about Joyce Farmer and the glowing advance praise she received from R. Crumb, in the LA Times' Hero Complex.

Nancy Lord's Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North will be published by Counterpoint in January 2011. Here's some warm words about it from Kirkus Reviews:

Although she deftly weaves pertinent scientific and political information throughout, her account's power stems from her on-site observations, lyrical descriptions of the land and sea and sensitive interviews of local officials and natives whose insight and experience humanize an otherwise vast and arcana subject. Lord reports from her home base, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, where the wetlands are shrinking and large-scale modifications in both fresh water and marine conditions threaten the salmon-dependent economy; from Canada's Mackenzie River Valley and Fort Yukon, Alaska, where industrial development endangers the boreal forest, unlocking a massive carbon storehouse... an eloquent and important dispatch.

Posted by Waleslit on December 3, 2010  |  Permalink

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