A comic you should all read-

Joe’s Teeth.

This is pretty good and light and loads of happy, in my opinion.

Progress report: started revising something (I’m not giving up on). I realize it can’t be done in one sitting 😦 This is like reacquainting oneself with an old friend who went spelunking in the bowels of the world’s deepest well. Boohoo, plumbums.


Excerpts from some things I am reading:

Thus your embraces almost promise you / eternity. And yet, after you survive the terror / of the first look, and the long yearning at the window, / and the first walk – the one walk – together through the garden: / lovers, are you still the same?

– Rilke [trans by Edward Snow], The Second Elegy



February sat on a cottage floor with a girl who smelled of smoke and honey. The girl was telling him that she was tired of being around someone who carried so much sadness in his body. February drew his kneecaps to his eye sockets.

February apologized. He rocked back and forth. When he stretched his legs back out the girl was smiling and running in place. February asked what she was doing. The girl who smelled of honey and smoke said it was to cheer him up. I don’t think that’s going to work, said February. I’m sorry, but it just won’t.

Just try it, said the girl who smelled of honey and smoke. Please.


Short list found in February’s Back Pocket

  1. I’ve done everything I can.
  2. I need to know you won’t leave.
  3. I wrote a story to show love, and it turned to war. How awful.
  4. I twisted myself around stars and poked the moon where the moon couldn’t reach.
  5. I’m the kind of person who kidnaps children and takes flight.

– from p.51 and 55 of Shane Jones’ Light Boxes

32 Questions Book Meme

I’ve been really having problems falling asleep the past few nights (conking out only at 3AM) so, here’s a redo of an old meme that sort of went viral back a million years ago. Because it’s fun!

1) What author do you own the most books by?

After having relinquished my Goosebumps and Archie comics collection to my younger sisters, I think it’ll either be Neil Gaiman (growing up on the Sandman series, I pretty much bought all his other books) or Bill Willingham (because I eventually moved on to Fables), graphic novels-wise. I’m just missing one book from my Jonathan Safran Foer collection now. I also have a lot of Murakami, Palahniuk, and Atwood (give or take, equal amounts). For the art books it’s James Jean’s (I’m only missing Process Recess 1). Poetry-wise… it’ll have to be Chingbee Cruz’s.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated. I have THREE different editions of it. First print (got it back in 2005 or 2006), second (the yellow one, with a different ending), and the new red one (where it’s in a single book along with Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). One of my favorite books. Go figure.

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WAR – Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli

I’m taking a mini-break from poems right now so I decided it might be a good way to pass the time by adding a WAR [which I’ve oh-so-wittily thought to stand for What Alyza Reads] section. At the same time, I have a tendency to wage war against any hapless soul who happens to distract me when I’ve my head planted on something I read [humor me as I attempt to justify the acronym].

Reading is very affective in how we write anyway, right?

These aren’t going to be “reviews” per se – more of my thoughts on the said book/s. I’m not even going to try to convince you to read them since I suck at summaries and the best I can do to convince people to like something is to squee and flail around while grabbing their arm towards the said thing-of-my-fascination’s direction. Yay, ok go.

Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli

Okay, first off I was teetering between being eager and not for this book. I first stumbled on news of this via the internet two years ago but since everyone who was someone was hyping it up, I sort of forgot about it until one of my friends mentioned it in his Tumblr. Before that I lost hope of even purchasing this book given that to get a good selection of comic books in this country, you’ll have to pay an exorbitant amount, and really, some people don’t take comics that seriously either to increase the demand. Anyway, one day while going around Eastwood with my friend Denise, I saw this in the new Fullybooked branch fresh out of the box. I snatched it like true love. It’s now lovingly nestled in a spot between my copies of Demo and Fables: Legends in Exile.

This thing blew my mind. Seriously.

The art immediately jumps out at you – no blacks used anywhere. The darkest color used was violet. I also love how this book wonderfully executed how form follows function. I was even wishing for it to be in pop-up, but that’s just me. The pages are laid out wonderfully – the use of space was just fresh, fresh, fresh to the eyes, and this let the bold colors flow well together.

This is one of those stories that isn’t just the art or the writing – it’s the entire story that is godawfully good. Like, take away the art and yes, although the writing is strong, it will be left half-baked. The same if you just plant in the images and remove the speech balloons. This is actually one story where you take the speech balloons seriously and for that I send Mr. Mazzucchelli much love (even if I already did by buying the book). Also, it’s honestly funny in some bits and tragic in others (but not in the trying-hard sense).

Asterios is endearing in all his narcissism but I’d like to believe that the quiet Hana stole the show – actually, wait, the relationship between them did; I’m pretty sure I fell in love with how it was played out; I could rave about it  on and on but then that would mean some spoilery. The only drawback I found in this book was that compared to tackling Hana and Asterios’ relationship, the other parts (about Asterios’ adventures after his apartment burns) pale, but that’s only because I was more than eager to zoom into the parts about H&A again.

And the ending was just so unfffff! but somehow… fitting? It’s also a good read if you’re interested in design, architecture, and philosophy. Damnit, just read this already.

PS Buy this book if you can. Other than my metaphorical squeeing, it’s also good to know that it was printed on and bound with recycled paper.