Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see…

Evelynthemarxistowl tagged me. 

  1. Introducing Derrida by Jeff Collins and Bill Mayblin. It’s a comics guide that widened by perceptions of philosophy. It’s a great beginners guide to Derrida, illustrating the very concepts that tend to be difficult to grasp. It introduced my to some contemporary philosophical thinking, and made me interested in reading more.
  2. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil. While Watchmen first really boosted me into American comics, Black Dossier is an absolutely brilliant piece of work. It envelops a plethora of literary genres, figures, artists, and more into is commentary of art. My heart swells when I talk about it.
  3. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. Great manga. With its 23 volume length, I read it throughout high school. It’s the book series that defined my high school experience.
  4. Maxwell Stragewell by Matt and Shawn Fillbach. Another graphic novel I found in high school. I immediately reread it once I finished it. It’s world building was fun, and the artwork is gorgeous. A touch of Sandman within it. Speaking of Sandman
  5. Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists. This would be the other series that would define my high school reading. I read the series throughout high school, reading the first volume on a whim from looking at this poster hanging up in my beloved local library. My mom  grabbed a random volume once when we were up at a relative’s cottage, and freaked out a bit at the content. (Mostly because of Despair.) It broadened my mind for more astute stories.
  6. Subculture: The Meaning of Style (1979) by Dick Hebdige. A book examining how subcultures work through the example of British postwar subcultures (punks, Teddy boys, etc.) It’s a foundational text for looking at subcultures, one I picked up by chance. It’s a history lesson and a culture studies lesson all in one.
  7. Mechedemia, edited by Frenchy Lunning. An academic yearly journal dedicated to scholarship about anime, manga, and other related subjects. This broadened my history and culture knowledge quite a bit, and illustrates that my desire to study anime academically can be done, will be done, and people would be interested in it to boot.
  8. There was a book on Education and Social Structures I loved, but sold back to the college for no good reason (on $5 back for that wonderful, if dry, textbook.) I can;t even figure out what is was called! Regardless, it was a proto-marxist stepping stone for me.
  9. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Great worldbuidling in her books, and I especially love this one. It’s always a treat to reread.
  10. Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson by Paul Schrader. One of my alma mater’s most (in)famous graduates, this book is especially useful when dealing with spiritually moving films. It gives a concrete, and in my experience, accurate method of how filmmakers create a transcendental style in film.

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