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What It Is Hardcover – 1 Jul 2008
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'Does this book make you want to sit down and start creating? Absolutely.' --Time Out NY, July 2008
'Using ink brush, pen and pencil drawings as well as collages and luminous watercolours, many of them on lined yellow legal paper, [What It Is] explores deep philosophical questions…' --New York Times, July 2008
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The second two sections were practical workbooks for getting writing. I'm not sure how much I would personally benefit from the methods she suggested. There were a couple things I disagreed with, one the idea that writing things by hand is by nature better than writing with a pen or pencil (something I find particularly difficult because of my dyslexia). Also her topics for choice for writing, cars, phone numbers weren't really that inspiring for me.
But the book itself was really lovely and one I think I will go back and read many times. The art in it is GORGEOUS. I'm definitely going to have to get other books by Lynda Barry.
With a brush in the right hand, and a pencil on the left, the multi-eyed monster on the back cover spoked, "Welcome to writing the unthinkable". That's the essence of this book created by Lynda Barry, putting vivid imagination onto paper.
What It Is is a scrapbook that's filled to the brim with sketches, coloured illustrations, collages, comics, autobiographical writing, random thoughts and even a bit on creative writing.
Every page is elaborately decorated, an exploration into the unknown realms of imagination. And every page is just fun to look at.
This book is creativity and self expression, great for flipping through when you're feeling random or looking for inspiration.
I'll give this book two thumbs (drawn with smiley faces) up.
By the way, What It Is won the 2009 Eisner award for Best Reality-Based Work, but I didn't know that when I bought it. It's also one of the top 100 books picked by Amazon editors for 2008.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.