Surfaces and Genesis

Posted by on July 29th, 2010 at 5:53 AM

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7 Responses to “Surfaces and Genesis

  1. patford says:

    News Break: According to comment #45 Crumb used the King James version of the Bible for his text.
    Hot Air Castles, or Tower of Babble?

  2. Noah Berlatsky says:

    Hey Patrick. Nice to see you’re reading!

  3. Noah Berlatsky says:

    I am curious Patrick; do you just feel that there’s no value to a discussion if you don’t agree with some of the viewpoints expressed? Or if someone somewhere along the thread makes a mistake? And if so…why read threads at all? It seems like an odd choice….

  4. patford says:

    So Noah have you read the book yet?

  5. Noah Berlatsky says:

    Just got it, thanks! I’ll have a piece on it next week I hope.

  6. patford says:

    Not only have several of the people commenting not read the book, they clearly haven’t read Alan Choate’s essay either. Note comment #46.
    Good to see you will read the book, and why not read the Paris Review interview as well.

    R.Crumb: I wanted to illustrate the text as properly and as accurately as I could. I looked at a lot of old European imagery, and it was all too schmaltzy—unless you go way back to when the stuff is really crude in the early Middle Ages, when it was iconographic, crude, and primitive. The main challenge for accuracy was to read the text very closely, and to make sure I wasn’t misinterpreting anything.”

    Perhaps Crumb’s book is a failure, because I notice people still aren’t reading the text.

    • Noah Berlatsky says:

      Again, if you only want to read what experts say, it’s probably wise not to read a comments thread. On the other hand, I think it’s valuable to have a discussion which includes people with different levels of interests and different backgrounds. Having a conversation with only Crumb aficionados gives you a particular kind of discussion; having a conversation where other people feel willing to chime in gives you a different viewpoint. And yes, I feel like I can often learn things about a text even from folks who haven’t read all of it, or who haven’t read all the right interviews, or who may make a mistake while discussing it. But that’s me.