Review; They Called us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei (co-writer),
Justin Eisinger (co-writer),
Steven Scott (co-writer),
Harmony Becker (Artist)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What is American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

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George Takei’s The Called Us Enemy is a captivating work of art. The story he has to tell is a horrible one, and one of great injustice to a portion of America’s citizens. And it’s one story that is, unfortunately, still relevant today. There are terrible acts going on in America today, right now, and while this is a tale of the country’s history it’s also relevant to the present day.

The art of this book is also spot-on, and Harmony Becker’s attention to detail is admirable. The artistic style works in unison with the story, hitting the high and low points with precision.

I picked it up today, intending to sit down and read a few pages, and finished the book without moving from my spot. This is a book I would recommend to everyone. There are great lessons to learn here, and should be considered required reading.

Promotion: Summer Sale Today and Tomorrow!

Starting today through tomorrow, there is a sale going on in my Society6 Shop! Please take a look at the details below and ask me if you have any questions. 😀


Summer Sale: Up to 40% Off Everything!

Start: Sunday, 7/28/19 at 12:00AM PT
End: Monday, 7/29/19 at 11:59PM PT

Details:
➡ 40% off tapestries, phone cases + posters,
➡ 30% off comforters, art prints + throw pillows,
➡ 20% off everything else*

*(Offer excludes furniture, yoga mats, growth charts, welcome mats, sun shades, sling chairs, folding stools, picnic blankets and outdoor floor cushions).


Featured Items

“I Spy” iPhone Case

From the product page:
Society6 iPhone Slim Case combine premium protection with brilliant design. The slim profile keeps your tech looking sleek, while guarding against scuffs and scratches. Just snap it onto the case and you’re good to go.

“Splattered Rose” Throw Pillow

From the product page:
Throw Pillows upgrade your home decor with trending patterns, color pops and one-of-a-kind designs. And these pillows aren’t just decorative: we made sure they’re fluffy enough for naps too.

“Painted Sunset” Wall Tapestry

From the product page:
Wall Tapestries feature vivid colors and crisp lines, giving you an awesome centerpiece for any space. Our tapestries aren’t just wall hangings either – they’re durable enough to use as tablecloths or picnic blankets.


Lastly, if there are any photographs or designs of mine you would like to see that are not in the shop, or are not on the items you’re looking for, let me know and I’ll do my best to make those available to you as soon as possible.

Thanks! ❤

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Gallery Update: San Francisco

As promised in a previous post, the deviantART gallery and portfolio are updated with a number of photos from 2016 when I visited San Francisco. It was an adventure and I can’t wait to get the chance to go back.

I made the trip from Mississauga, Ontario to California to visit my boyfriend (who is now my husband) and his family for a couple weeks around the Canada Day holiday and Independence Day. On July 4th, a group of us went to San Francisco to meet another friend and explore the city.

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devientART Gallery Additions

In the continuing effort to Actually Update Galleries and Blogs™ I’ve posted photos that I have edited over the last few years on deviantART and my Portfolio. The goal is to do this every few days for a couple of reasons:

  1. I don’t spam everyone who follows me with Everything All At Once.
  2. I don’t get burnt out on the tedious uploading/pinning/posting processes.
  3. Consistency is always better than bulk uploads.
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Updates and Society6

It has been a busy few months! 😮 The blog has been put to the side amidst helping the SO create their own business, and working on my own art projects. (More on that, below!)

There was also an issue in late May that turned my mental state on its side. I won’t get into the details, other than to say it was a stressful and expensive time and now, finally, it’s sorted out as best it can be. I’m getting myself back into a space where it feels like I can create and enjoy the process again. I have a lot of ideas, and I’m exciting to see where it goes from here.

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Review; The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders

The Braindead MegaphoneThe Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

The breakout book from “the funniest writer in America”—not to mention an official Genius—a trade paperback original and his first nonfiction collection ever.

George Saunders’s first foray into nonfiction is composed of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders’s travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the “Buddha Boy” of Nepal; to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai; and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders’s endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker.

In an effort to read more work outside of my usual comfort-zone (which consist mainly of science fiction, fantasy, and their sub genres) I have picked up a few collections of essays to peruse. I have mainly read “for fun” recently, and try to pick out books I am likely to enjoy, either based on knowing the author’s work or seeing a review from an author I follow that rates a work favourably. While still hoping to enjoy these essays, it’s definitely outside my usual reads… so I am trying to keep an open mind!

While published in 2007, much of what is here is still relevant today. In particular, the first essay about the “Megaphone Guy” and the simplification of language in media.

Here’s an excerpt from that section:

Last night on the local news I watched a young reporter standing in front of our mall, obviously freezing his ass off. The essence of his report was, Malls Tend to Get Busier at Christmas! Then he reported the local implications of his investigation: (1) This Also True at Our Mall! (2) When Our Mall More Busy, More Cars Present in Parking Lot! (3) The More Cars, the Longer It Takes Shoppers to Park! and (shockingly): (4) Yet People Still Are Shopping, Due to, It Is Christmas!

There’s a fair bit of truth to this which, and I have often found a lack of interest in the news for this reason… When worded this way, though, it’s clear how silly the process really is. I have noticed similar setups on the news, both in American and Canadian television. It’s a good reminder though, for what to avoid in one’s own writing. Wasting time and being unnecessarily repetitive to take up more time, rather than being concise. I would much rather be concise. What was the line from The Simpsons?

From Wikiquote, for the Season 5 episode Bart Gets Famous:

[Marge convinces Bart to perform one more time.]
Bart: You’re right, Mom. I shouldn’t let this bother me. I’m in television now. It’s my job to be repetitive. My job. My job. Repetitiveness is my job. [to Marge] I’m gonna go out there and give the best performance of my life!
Marge: The best performance of your life?
Bart: The best performance of my life!

(I should note that, in conversation, I quote The Simpsons a fair bit.  I grew up watching the show and, as young-me thought was necessary at the time, perfecting a Ralph Wiggum impression. Maybe I should be ashamed of it but, to be honest? I’m not. 😉 )

Anyway! While I found a few of the essays to be interesting, many were not of topics that could not keep my attention for long. I found myself skimming, or skipping some essays outright after a few paragraphs. There were others, though, about storytelling which I found useful and are likely to also appeal to those with similar interest.

Overall, the essays are well-written and the author has a distinct voice in his writing. His work is easy to read and follow and is, oftentimes, humerous as well.

Have the talk.

Linked: Have the talk.

A beautiful, serious, and important post by the Bloggess. We should all read this, whether we have children or not. It’s necessary for all of us to have more awareness of our own mental health and empathy for others in dealing with their own. To be there for each other and help others learn from our own struggles and that… yea, sometimes things are not okay right now. But, things will be okay. It always gets better.

To echo the Bloggess’ post… Don’t give up. You are not alone.

One day I’ll be ready to talk about my own health issues here, perhaps. But that’s not quite today.

In the meantime, I recommend checking out the blog linked above.