Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“Read a Damn Book – 001: Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink'”

[This was the first post in my “Read a Damn Book” series of individual book reviews. It was originally posted 19 Feb. 2017 at The Primitive Entertainment Workshop. ---RFY]

New feature here at the P.E.W., and like most changes, this one was born from tragedy. As long-time readers know, I had a series of reading lists posted on this site covering the materials I’ve been reading over the last few years, but sadly, I LOST my last four months’ worth of materials in a reformatting accident. To pick up and move on, I’ve decided to start a new series where I write about each piece I’ve read, individually, as I finish them. Here’s the first:

Bill Watterson – Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’ (1991)

For anyone who doesn’t know Calvin and Hobbes, Watterson’s classic comic strip was about a hyper-imaginative kid and his stuffed tiger (that he treats as if it were a real, living tiger) and the adventures they have together. They travel through space and time, terrorize the babysitter, find creative methods for avoiding homework, and try to manipulate Calvin’s parents. Calvin himself is a wicked, hyperactive, insubordinate, beast of a child, who Watterson makes feel VERY real and, somehow, endearing. You root for Calvin, and often get caught up in the magic spells woven by his sugar-fuelled imagination.

I’ve been a fan of Watterson’s comics for decades, and I’ve read this particular collection several times, but I needed something fun to help me through some rough circumstances, and it proved to be just the ticket! If you’ve never read Watterson, you should give him a try, (all of his collections are entertaining), and if you have read him before, then it just might be time to read him again.

—Richard F. Yates

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