Lynda Barry on Fairy Tales
August 22, 2015
They can't transform your actual situation, but they can transform your experience of it. We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.
So wise. This is from the cartoonist Lynda Barry's memoir/exploration of images What It Is (Drawn & Quarterly, 2008). I so enjoyed the whole book, especially the part about the "transformational capabilities" of old stories. Barry's ideas reinforced my tentative plan to read the second graders a whole lot of fairy tales and folk tales this year.
Posted by: Michele | August 22, 2015 at 07:48 PM
It's been quite some time since I think of Lynda Berry.
In middle school I read her comic strip... so strange and raw, and relatable.
How nice to be reminded of her.
Posted by: Natalie, the Chickenblogger | August 23, 2015 at 01:10 PM
Michelle & Natalie, thanks for your comments. I happened across the Lynda Barry title in the library, and just love it. I am going to look for more of her books, and for more books published by Drawn & Quarterly.
Posted by: Susan T. | August 24, 2015 at 03:41 PM
"...we create it to be able to STAY."
That's a deep truth. Have to think about that for a bit -- and look up her comics, since I've never seen any before. Thanks for something new and thought-provoking.
Posted by: tanita | August 24, 2015 at 07:13 PM
Tanita, I have really enjoyed a couple of Lynda Barry's books lately. This one (What It Is) and another, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. Both are about creativity and approach it in interesting ways. Syllabus led me to Ivan Brunetti's Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (Yale University Press, 2011). Gosh, I love rabbit trails!
I am starting the year with the second graders with Paul Galdone's The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I really like what Lynda Barry says about fantasy and "being able to stay." So smart.
Posted by: Susan T. | September 08, 2015 at 07:19 PM