What is it about whales that pulls us? Their size? Their aloofness? The link to prehistoric mammals? Recent news reports of hundreds of people converging on the Massachusetts coast to catch a glimpse of the giant beasts is only one reminder of the importance of these creatures in the public imagination. Doreen Cunningham’s beautiful memoir is another.
Have you ever done something embarrassing in public and tried to nonchalantly recover, praying no one saw you? Did it work? Either way, this week's pick is for you. Play It Cool, Guys is one of my favorite slice of life manga that I’m glad was shared with me, and now I love to share it with everyone else.
This week I’ve chosen a manga that was only just published a few weeks ago, but has already solidified itself as one of my favorite reads this year. Even though it’s a relatively short and calm read, it maintained the perfect balance of dread, humor, and humanity from beginning to end.
Cecily Wong describes emotion like a poet. Her words have form and texture. Her broken characters are true in the way they mend, tear, fix again, and finally find a way to live broken.
For this week, I’ve chosen a manga that is refreshingly different from what I usually gravitate towards. When I started this series on a whim, I only grabbed the first volume. But after completing it in one sitting, I immediately ordered the remaining four so I could catch up.