What I Read When I Want to Draw

I have always been inspired by books. There is something about reading that paints detailed pictures in my head and fuels my creativity. My preference is to mix it up between reference books and fun fiction. With COVID-19 still out there, I'm planning on sitting inside and reading as much as possible this summer. Have you read any of these?

June & July 2020

  • The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Volume 1: Inferno (Dante Alighieri) I'm thinking of illustrated a map of hell...
  • Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism (Ruben Van Luijk) This is an academic text. It starts off with the disclaimer that much of the definition of Satanism is clouded by people throughout history calling other people who don't worship as they do "satanic". Even though it's a bit dry, I've been enjoying it and want to finish!
  • Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (Carol J. Clover) Another academic text—this one has me watching horror in a different way. Clover talks about the female "victim-hero" as the Final GIrl and the predator/prey gaze... It's like art school all over again!
  • The Vanishing Half (Brit Bennett) I LOVED Bennett's debut The Mothers and based on the description I expect this one to be equally fantastic.
  • A Burning (Megha Majumdar) Started this already and it sucked me in.
  • Things in Jars (Jess Kidd)  I am a sucker for historical fiction with strong female leads. It's literally my catnip. 

 

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