on 4 September 2013
This was totally and utterly brilliant! While I was reading it I was thinking of all the people I know who should read this. It was part memoir and part non-fiction. It was looking at ideas, memories, and imagination. How our memories are just as real as our imagination. How imagination works, how memory works, how we learn to distrust ourselves and worry about "being good" at something rather than just doing the things we enjoy. There was so much to the first part of this. SO many interesting ideas floating around and so much strength and empowerment from those ideas.
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.