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so sad...

I just made this for my sister. Real quick, 'cause there's lots of catching up to do now she's gone. But I wish she just lived down the street, it's hard when she has to go home. Boo hoo...

Okay, now I'm going through my loot from last weekend in Brussels. Here are some cool books I picked up, mostly from my one of my all-time favourite bookshops, Tropismes. It's not far from the Grand Place, in the Galerie des Princes. The first two floors are all picture books and the top floor has comics. I always find French language picture books very inspiring. The creators come up with stuff that's amazing, seemingly almost without a thought to whether children will actually like it. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if their children rise to the challenge. When I stayed with a family in Paris a few years ago, I was very impressed with how their children seemed to 'get it', even though the books they were reading were very sophisticated.

I picked up copies of:
*Petites Météorologies by Anne Herbauts (gorgeous flap book. I love her stuff.)
*Ma Maison by Delphine Durand (cool format with interesting lettering)
*La tortue géante des Galapagos by Rébecca Dautremer (wacky paintings in lovely muted palettes)
*Cyrano also illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer
*Rouge jaune noire blanche illustrated by Carll Cneut (intriguing in a sparse, painterly kind of way)
*L'Archiviste by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters (I discovered Schuiten's incredible, architecturally inspired comics artwork on my last trip, both times at the supermarket near the metro station where I was staying.)


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Aug. 9th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
that's such a sweet collage. Is it photoshop or actual cut and paste?

Nice books! I'll bet you have an awesome library.
Aug. 9th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hi, David! Yeah, I'm sending my sister back to your neck of the woods... It was just a quickie Photoshop job, from this photo:

I do have some cool books, more and more of them, which is becoming a bit of an issue with Stuart in our small flat!
Aug. 9th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, Leeann and I have been living in this same little apartment for almost 9 years and we both love books -- and things have gotten out of control. I am slowly weeding out the books I know I can survive without, but it would have been easier if I'd simply just bought them, read them, and passed them along to a used bookstore. I have a hard time letting go. Especially when it's a comics or art book...
Aug. 9th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I SO know what you mean! Sometimes I'll try to do a clear out, but then I realise that the only books I can seem to part with actually belong to Stuart, which isn't quite fair... :-P
I can get rid of books I don't like, or don't think I read again. But the ones I like, I tend to go back and visit like old friends. I'm sort of a fast reader with a bad memory, so I need to visit them a few times to get a real grip on what I've read. And I'm always pulling art books off the shelves to use as reference material, so I can't be parted from those either... tricky.
Aug. 9th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
LOL! I also have no problem with weeding out many of my significant other's books and magazines. But she won't let me.
Aug. 10th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha... yes, Stuart NEEDS to keep three years of back-issue Economist magazines. And books in Spanish, even though he hasn't read Spanish for ten years, and religious books with cheesy 1970's ABBA-esque covers. It's so easy to criticise someone ELSE's collection... ;-D
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