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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Reading Today

posted by on November 8 at 10:00 AM


First off, we have three events going on at the Elliott Bay Book Company today. In the early afternoon, Bucky Sinister reads from Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks and Weirdos. This is a book about recovering from drugs and alcohol, not recovering from being a misfit, freak or weirdo. Then, Stephen Botek reads from Song on My Lips: Jazz Greats Were My Mentors, which is a memoir about being mentored by jazz greats. And then, in the evening, John Keeble reads from his “almost Faulknerian portrait of the Pacific Northwest,” Yellowfish, which has recently been republished. I have not read it, but I think this would be the reading of the night, just in terms of the stories this man has to be able to tell.

And then, at the Fantagraphics store in Georgetown, JimBill Griffith*, who is the creator of Zippy the Pinhead, will be signing his books. I kind of forgot about Zippy the Pinhead. Back when I read the newspaper every day, it was really nice to read, there at the bottom of the comics page, but I’ve never really enjoyed entire books of his stuff. Still and all, you’ve got to respect the guy for holding down his corner of weird for so long in such a sterile environment.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.

*I could explain how I pulled up Jim Griffith, but it’s a very long story that involves associations with Andy Griffith, a childhood memory, and a not-very-funny story. Apologies to Bill Griffith and to everyone else who read Reading Tonight before I realized my error.

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I would have thought you would print the quote "All of life is made up of Republicans and meat."

But that was in the good olde days when Life In Hell was around and the Simpsons were not...

Posted by John Bailo | November 8, 2008 10:18 AM

"Jim" Griffith?

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Sigourney Beaver | November 8, 2008 10:23 AM

Not only is it Bill Griffith, but his signature is legible and prominent in the graphic.

Also, Zippy is the shit.

Posted by TValley | November 8, 2008 10:26 AM

Are you sure it's not "John Bailo" Griffith, Paul?

Still recovering from Star-Spangled Pike & Broadway night, there? ;)

Posted by Jeff Stevens | November 8, 2008 10:42 AM

In 1988, I bought a Nash Metropolitan because that's what Zippy drove.

For all you hipsters who've ever uttered the phrase, "Are we having fun yet?" -- well, that was invented by Griffith/Zippy. That strip is one of the great surrealist entertainments of all times.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | November 8, 2008 2:34 PM

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