Summer Reads 2015 - Jason's Picks

D+Q's 25th has been a real whirlwind and I'm only now starting to plan my vacation. Not only that but a few of the books I was planning on including only just showed up this week. Anyway, here they are, the books I'll be focusing on most on this summer (and here's what I'll be listening to, while I'm reading these).

The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic - Jessica Hopper

Quel titre! How could I not pick this up? The key word here is 'living', because if you haven't picked up a copy of Ellen Willis' Out of the Vinyl Deeps, you really should, but yeah, crazy.

Optic Nerve 14 - Adrian Tomine

One of the best short-story writers working today, I'm saving this for vacation. Literally, it's the only thing in my suitcase right now, waiting for hawaiian shirts and five identical pairs of jean cut-offs to join it.

The Complete Eightball - Daniel Clowes

UNGH. It's here! It's here! Everything! All of it (pretty much)! Necessary acquisition, my friends.

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

Yes! My girlfriend has finished this and is handing it over. Now I'll soon be able join the people whining in chorus for the arrival of book four,coming in September.

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels - Tom Devlin

Still reading this, taking my time. Really people, this mother's an actual work of art, kudos to my colleagues for making the best anniversary book of all-time. Pretty much worth it for the Jillian Tamaki comic alone.

If Our Wealth Is Criminal Then Let's Live With The Criminal Joy Of Pirates - Jacob Wren

A new, and limited edition book from that genius Jacob. Last week Book Thug emailed to alert me to this thing and I responded "send me a stack"within 30 secs. You should probably grab this as soon as you can.

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