Tuesday, December 26, 2006

True American Stories

A friend of mine was home for Christmas and went to see visit a high school friend of his, let's say Chris just to make things easier. Chris had become a mortgage broker. He gave my friend his business card and showed him some of his business associates' cards as well.

My friend noticed that Chris's business associates had their photos on their cards. Chris's business card, on the other hard, only showed a photo of a mansion.

Chris explained that, as a black man, it wasn't a good idea for him to put his photo on his business card. He said in their photos, however, his white associates seemed to be saying, "Hey, come on over, you can trust me!"

That reminds me of a conversation I had recently with an acquaintance who'd become a district attorney. I asked him if his work was at all like it's portrayed on Law and Order. He responded, "No, because white people actually get convicted on Law and Order."

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Reading Recommended

Updated 3/5/07.

Graphic Novels

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea / Guy DeLisle

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds' End / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake / Neil Gaiman

V for Vendetta / Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Watchmen / Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
TIME article about Watchmen, which made its list of All-TIME 100 Novels.

Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return / Marjane Satrapi

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile / Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm / Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love / Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers / Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons / Bill Willingham

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