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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Utterly mortal


Title: Goliath
By: Tom Gauld

This retelling of the David and Goliath Bible story is both a darkly funny tragedy and a masterful role reversal. Told largely with images, the story centers around Goliath, the giant, non-violent Philistine administrator who, through bad leadership, is placed in the front lines of war.

The greatest feat of this fractured Bible tale that is by turns philosophical and ordinary is that it turns a two-dimensional villain into a sympathetic and universal character. It’s easy for most readers to align themselves with someone who is sometimes apathetic, often in over his head, frequently misunderstood, and utterly mortal.

Simple-lined illustrations with characters reduced to basic shapes and sparse dialogue belie the depth of Gauld’s work. The contrast between his spare color scheme — black, white and brown — and densely crosshatched panels highlights his subtly profound brand of storytelling.

The misleading simplicity of this graphic novel lends itself well to multiple interpretations. It can be read as a parable of the senseless bureaucracy of war, or just a story about those times when nothing works out the way it should.

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Posted by lopezm on July 16, 2013 at 12:35 p.m.


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