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I'm looking for the "funny" in 2014. One of the places librarians find the "funny" is in "Unshelved," a daily comic strip set in a library, and "Not Invented Here" set in a software company, both created by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum.
How have two very different guys collaborated to find the funny every day for the past twelve years? Read all about it in today's guest column written by Bill Barnes.
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Thanks for visiting today Bill...
A Tale of Two Readers
My 'Unshelved' collaborator Gene Ambaum and I are very different people. We have different taste in movies (he waxes rhapsodic over the nuanced filmography of Highlander's Christopher Lambert), different opinions about eating right (GO TEAM BACON), and we argue over every word of every comic strip and book review we write.
The same principle applies to our reading habits.
Gene is methodical, reading one book from start to finish, putting those little sticky notes on every page he might want to reference later. When he's done he writes a review and sends it to me to edit and illustrate. His pipeline of books is always full (as is his backpack--he is the only person I know who brings books to a library conference).
I have a more--artistic temperament. I read until I get distracted, which is easy to do in a house containing multiple businesses, two homeschooled children, and a black lab who knows how to open my office door. By the time I'm ready to sit down and read I'm probably in the mood for something different, which means that I always have several dozen books in progress. If I do manage to finish a book it goes on a mystery pile that may not be unearthed for months, which means when I do get around to writing a review my memories of the book have become very hazy.
And of course we read different books. I like alternate universes, American history, evolutionary biology, and beach novels involving multigenerational family trauma. He likes crass coming-of-age stories featuring bodily functions, nonfiction books about bodily functions, and French graphic novels that I can only assume involve copious amounts of fonctions corporelles.
With all these differences, it often seems like a miracle we manage to work together at all, let alone maintain our senses of humor. And sometimes it's more difficult than others. But, like many a successful creative partnership, it's the contrasts that make it work. We constantly push and pull each other, and as a result we are forced to stretch.
Viva la différence!
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Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
AUTHORBUZZ: THEIRS TO CHERISH (Fiction) by Shayla Black
Accused of a horrific murder she didn't commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was sixteen--until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is she's fallen for the club's master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm's length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart--and his consuming desire for her.
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