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What I bought – 16 January 2013

If so, that impression was in his mind on that last day of 1807 when he was forty and played Surrey to Burr’s Wolsey, exclaiming to the ravening crowd that Burr had “no religious principles, and little, if any sense of reverence to a moral Governor of the Universe.” How could even an Adams purport to know such a thing? John Quincy Adams’s theologically trained father would have been aware that one makes a statement about the state of another person’s soul at great peril to one’s own. (Roger Kennedy, from Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson)

So retro it's mod! 'You can't force me to get a better haircut!' 'My, what big ... tusks you have!' I don't know about you, but there's nothing I like more than a spider woman reaching for my junk! Wolverine does ballet! Cross those claws, Shatterstar! Everyone likes a parody! Old-time Paul Pope?  Sign me up!
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What I bought – 9 January 2013

She said, “In every age, there must be truths people can’t fight – whether or not they want to, whether or not they will go on being truths in the future. We live in the truth of what Freud discovered. Whether or not we like it. However we’ve modified it. We aren’t really free to suppose – to imagine – he could possibly have been wrong about human nature. In particulars, surely – but not in the large plan –” (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)

Pills solve everything! Batman sez: Why won't DC leave the damned Joker out of my comics for a few furshlugginer years?!?!? Avert your eyes!!! Frazer Irving is a crazy dude, man Dude should take better care of his cape Heart transplants don't work that way Drama! This won't end well It's BACK! Probably only 90 per cent pure awesome, but still pretty good Nice of this to finally show up! More cheap comics from Valiant! Another one bites the dust More American history than you can shake a stick at! Yeah, it's a book about fishing - wanna make something out of it? Does anything in this book exist anymore?  What's the point? Yeah, I'll give this a look ...
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What I bought – 2 January 2013

The writer was pacing. “I have never been a violent man. I don’t believe in violence. Violence does not advance the human condition. Ideas do.”

“Ideas don’t perish in prison cells,” Levanter said. “People do.” (Jerzy Kosinski, from Blind Date)

Don't look, Damian - they're about to make out! She looks comfortable Josephine is ... the Hitcher! This is why you should never snuggle with your child Godzilla versus ... New Age Crystals???? I keep hearing the Batman theme when I look at this cover Triangles are always cryptic! Um, Mara - you got some schmutz there ... 'Her boobs were THIS big!' How does armor slouch like that? That dude is limber!
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What I bought – 19 December 2012

“And the good thing about feeling really happy, you know, Valentin? … It’s that you think it’s forever, that one’s never ever going to feel unhappy again.” (Manuel Puig, from Kiss of the Spider Woman)

She should be keeping her eyes in front! It's all grim and gritty! I don't know why this dude is on this cover Don't look down at his crotch! Dang, Biz Sif's idea of foreplay is ... something Insert Schwarzenegger-esque pun here! There's nothing more exciting than someone reading a book on a comic cover! Is the wolf throwing him, or is he leaping at the wolf? Well, that's no fun Turn on a light, man! Well, they're in a heap o' trouble This is a weirdly bad cover, and I can't really put my finger on why So many dames! Even more anthropomorphic animals! It's GIGANTIC! Holy crap, this looks cool It's SUPER-GIGANTIC!
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What I bought – 12 December 2012

Indeed, the Republican Right, while it worries plausibly about the loss of traditional values in an era of peace, is an example of the deformities it decries, since historically prosperous societies which perceive no outside threat have been the only ones that have the luxury to preoccupy themselves with discussions about such things as sexual values. The problem, though, is that we have no such luxury. The peace we think we have is only an interregnum before another cycle of conflict. The narcissistic isolationism of the congressional Republicans – who call for enforcing democracy abroad while denying the State Department the tools it requires for our own security interests and who refuse to pay our U.N. dues – comes at a time when the world vaguely resembles what it was before the outbreak of World War I. (Robert Kaplan, from The Coming Anarchy)

Serious! Misdirection! Singerian! Pretentious! Conspiratorial! Enraged! Terrifying! Worthwhile? Romance! Anthropomorphic! Awesome! Misnumbered! Ostrander!
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What I bought – 5 December 2012

It came to me that he meant something different by “smile” than I did; that the irony, the humourlessness, the ruthlessness I had always noticed in his smiling was a quality he deliberately inserted; that for him the smile was something essentially cruel, because freedom is cruel, because the freedom that makes us at least partly responsible for what we are is cruel. So that the smile was not so much an attitude to be taken to life as the nature of the cruelty of life, a cruelty we cannot even choose to avoid, since it is human existence. (John Fowles, from The Magus)

Move aside, citizen, or I will pee on you! I wouldn't mind living there - it looks pretty cool There is a sad lack of Checkers in this issue Man, do I HATE this cover/mask scheme for this crossover! Oh dear Oh good.  I was worried that DC wasn't publishing enough comics with the Joker in them. Dex Parrios - NASCAR champion! That small child they're all attacking is FUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKED Maybe her boobs will scare him off! KIRBY!!!! Volume One of Two?  Dang. I guess sales were't great? And so my nuValiant reading begins!
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What I bought – 28 November 2012

What theater do we have besides beauty contests? (Maxine Hong Kingston, from Tripmaster Monkey)

This won't end well Don't fuck with Josephine! Who is everyone except Scott Lang waving at? Everyone loves chogs!That can't be good, can it?Is this foreshadowing???? Why so dark?!?!? Who's going to pay for that window? You can't hide! I dig his syringe! Two volumes in a year!
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What I bought – 21 November 2012

Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares. (Joseph Conrad, from Heart of Darkness)

Man So many layers in this cover! Is he playing Ultimate Frisbee? Ka-Blooey! It's an ELEPHANT HOLDING A GUN!!!! Where's ... my ... hand lotion?!?!? It's all yin and yang and shit! Analog!!! Were there supposed to be fairies in this issue? So many veins! She might be cold enough to wear a fur-lined cloak, but she also has to show some leg! That's a strange pose I gotta get me some jodhpurs, man! So many phallic symbols! It was fun, Parker! That's an interesting take on the Civil War Fact: Tim Truman is good! I'm giving it the old college try! The Huffington Post likes it! It has aliens! I want so much to like this!
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What I bought – 14 November 2012

“You can’t be a pure nation anymore, like the French and Germans used to be. At the stage of technology we have reached, nations work only if they float in the larger world. And what you have in this part of the world are fossilized nations, dead societies that have yet to revive. There are a group of young reformers in our parliament, educated in the West. But Georgians only want heroes. These reformers have never killed, they don’t drink two liters of wine every evening, they don’t fight, they have no mustaches or daggers, so they can’t be heroes!” (Robert Kaplan, from Eastward to Tartary)

Something bad is a-coming! Is this a Spider-Man homage? Reed is going in for a surreptitious booty grab! Probably not smart to swim so close to the propeller like that Split screen!!! Run, Lola, runnnnnn!!!! Um, what? Stanley Kubrick saw this cover and said, 'Pffft.  It's been done.' Thor is heading off to the gun show! Brood, damn you! Really? It's glammatronic! MONSTERS!!!! Yay!  Over a year late! Old-school stuff! Pulpy! The final chapter!
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What I bought – 7 November 2012

Out of the seven days of creation, four were successful and three were unsuccessful. Only one day held sway and made this world a successful world. That was the seventh day, the day of rest, when the Creator did nothing. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted with Tea)

See ya! Well, that's freaky Geof Darrow FTMFW! I really dig Ivy's costume Aaaahhhhhhh, Greg Land!!!! Man, Templesmith should do a Batman graphic novel, man! At least this comes out! Blasters ahoy! Don't look in the trunk! It's all about the anthologies! So steampunky! Symbolism! Gotta love the giant hardcovers! Looks groovy! VALUE!
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What I bought – 31 October 2012

His father smiled thinly. “Perhaps not for a while. But in the end, someone always has to have his or her neck popped, as you so quaintly put it. The people demand it. Sooner or later, if there isn’t a turncoat, the people make one.” (Stephen King, from The Gunslinger)

Really, Marvel? So that's what happened to Elvis! Oh, it's here all right! So spooooooky! Well, isn't that unpleasant I don't know why they're under water, honestly It will make you feel better! 'Did someone put a Kick Me sign on my back?' Um, what? Orson ANGRY! Big fake star! Yet another one to dazzle me! Crossover!
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What I bought – 24 October 2012

“We start our lives in chaos, in babble. As we surge up into the world, we try to devise a shape, a plan. There is dignity in this. Your whole life is a plot, a scheme, a diagram. It is a failed scheme but that’s not the point. To plot is to affirm life, to seek shape and control. Even after death, most particularly after death, the search continues. Burial rites are an attempt to complete the scheme, in ritual. Picture a state funeral, Jack. It is all precision, detail, order, design. The nation holds its breath. The efforts of a huge and powerful government are brought to bear on a ceremony that will shed the last trace of chaos. If all goes well, if they bring it off, some natural law of perfection is obeyed. The nation is delivered from anxiety, the deceased’s life is redeemed, life itself is strengthened, reaffirmed.”

“Are you sure?” I said.

“To plot, to take aim at something, to shape time and space. This is how we advance the art of human consciousness.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)

They're more than meets the eye! Smoking?  On the cover?  I'm going to get the vapors! Ultron?  Is that you? I'll have whatever she's on! What the fuck, Alex Ross? Oh, Gantz - you're so crazy! Ostrander FTW! Yes, yes - it's great blah blah blah
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What I bought – 17 October 2012

Aliye’s death, and its echoes, had been stilled by the greater horror of this mother’s death, which burned inside him like a smothered coal in the silence there. But Aliye had started dying from the moment his mother told him that they were not to marry, in spite of the bey’s gracious visit, in spite of the fine carpet, in spite of the words he has whispered to Aliye and which he had thought were true words. He knew then how it must end for her, though his mother said it would be otherwise. He wished that there were one fixed thing in the world that would never change, or disappoint him, or leave him, but he did not know what that might be, unless it was the idea of God, which was a certitude without delight or consolation. (Starling Lawrence, from Montenegro)

Insects are icky! I've always suspected! More bad-ass than Glory herself? Even more joy! Kate Bishop FTW! John ain't care! It's back! He doesn't look happy! What the heck is Hyde doing? Kill the alien!!!! Nobody likes Jamie's stand-up comedy! It's even crazier inside! Stephanie Hans is pretty darned good Don't look at me! It's too big, captain! One more time!
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What I bought – 10 October 2012

And all the time, like pipes dripping, weakening and preparing to burst in the attic, around the house hearts were slowly breaking while nothing was being said. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)

She commands you to buy this book! That's a weird John Paul Leon cover Run, nerd! This is a weird-ass cover That can't end well Where's the action, man! I really have no idea what's happening on this cover Kelly's head just exploded Well, if Kelly's head didn't explode before, it might have right now! Gosh, the art's cool Hey, it's a Jeff Amano sighting! It's all signed and shit! Dang, this looks cool APES!!!! Angry monsters!
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What I bought – 3 October 2012

“Without the right sound, writing is worthless.” Laney gazed at the cream-colored wall. “He fired me, you know. One day there was an Italian novel and I couldn’t read Italian, so he let me go from the job of reading. Joyce fired me from the job for which I was not paid.” (Roger Kahn, from The Boys of Summer)

I knew Brian would pick this one! Everyone who wears a monocle is automatically EVIL!!!! How can that dude be evil?  He's just chillaxing with his pooch! That 'Jones' is J.G. Jones, by the way! Fact: Zack Giallongo is awesome I'm very keen to check out the 'erotically charged drawings' in this comic!
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