Picks of the Week

“Another gunman in the passenger seat turned and stared at us as he gripped his Kalashnikov rifle. No one spoke. I glanced at the bleak landscape outside — reddish soil and black boulders as far as the eye could see — and feared we would be dead within minutes.”

– David Rohde

The picks of the week from around the web.

  • New York Times. This week’s Pulitzer bid comes from David Rohde, whose five-part account of seven months spent as a hostage of the Taliban is gripping, necessary reading.
  • The latest in cartoon-fed free speech discourse. This seems a pretty solid, trenchant piece on the recent Yale controversy, which reveals interesting details that were previously unknown to me, while this is a rather disturbing notice of recent US legislation in the area that drowned somewhat in the newsfeed din this week. (Thanks Tom, Dirk).
  • Comics criticism. This great piece from Jog on the 70s exploitation flick of Mr. Natural and the Freak Brothers is top notch, and this blast from the past from Gary Groth is definitely worth (re-)reading, while our Danish readers should not miss Benni Bødker’s excellent review of Asterios Polyp.
  • Finally, I found this personal reminiscence from Ernie Colón on recently deceased cartoonist veteran George Tuska very touching.
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