Mr. Lasky Buys Insurance: David Lasky is a beloved local cartoonist. (Here's an example of his work.) Like many other cartoonists, Lasky works on a freelance basis. So he was nervous about signing up for Obamacare, especially since, like many other freelancers, he was behind on paying his taxes. Today, Comics 4 Health Coverage published Lasky's autobiographical comic about the Obamacare experience on Facebook. Read it below, or click through to read it at full size:
Notable Quotables: Last night at the APRIL Festival kickoff party at Chop Suey, Maged Zaher noted that "the body is a product of disasters" and lamented the fact that he was "turning slowly into a nature poet." Ed Skoog read poetry about how "when a woman takes off her shirt, the English language goes crazy." (He also read poems about KISS and the Grateful Dead.) And new APRIL writer-in-residence Jac Jemc read two short stories—one in which a narrator hurt and killed a series of men ("I punched him hard in his calm heart...I took his simple feelings and shoved them down his throat...I turned his tomorrows into yesterdays.") and another about a taxidermist stripping and stuffing a rattlesnake. There are plenty more APRIL events happening around town this week; read about them right here.
After That, Maybe He'll Do a Cookbook? Gary Shteyngart's next novel is going to be an "international thriller."
Literature Is Kid Stuff: This great blog imagines serious grown-up fiction as books for children. I love the cover for Blood Meridian.
2001 Director Can't Envision 2001: Turns out, Stanley Kubrick would've made a terrible prophet.