I look forward to going back to his work place again. I loved reading this book as much as the last few I've read.
I have recommended these books to a few friends before and I will continue to recommend these books, as well as continue to read them in the future. Feb 13, brian tanabe rated it liked it. I first discovered Andreas through his StoryPeople. Haunting, to say the least.
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So finally I pick up one of his collections of stories and drawings Here's one of my favorite oddities: I can't do that, I said. Well, I said finally. Apr 18, Jamila rated it it was amazing. Andreas demonstrates outwardly thinking through his writing and drawings.
His style simplifies the complex in a childlike manner. It is impossible to find just one favorite story. Read this book in one sitting and loved it. It's really short and simple, but all the different stories are wonderful. My favorite story was this one - "She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short". I appreciate this book more for its formal structure than for its subject matter.
That does not mean to say that the book is thematically uninspiring, but that the design of the book and the narrative or lack thereof is marked by points of innovation. First, the introduction from the author encourages the reader to engage the book in multiple ways, such as reading it, teaching it to someone else, sending it to a friend, or throwing it at your dog. I actually received this book from a friend wh I appreciate this book more for its formal structure than for its subject matter. I actually received this book from a friend who knows I collect books by the pound, so we both met the understanding that the book would most likely stop here.
At least until I find somebody worthy…who knows how long my friend had it before me. Whatever you choose to do with the book, Andreas wants you to recognize it as more than a story or a collection of short stories. It is a bound block of paper, an object with mass in this universe. It could be a shim, a fire starter, a conversation starter, a weaponits potential is only limited by the shortcomings of humanity.
Second, the stories are hardly a page, only fifteen to fifty words each. Most of these stories are accompanied with a drawing and another smaller story within the drawing, and it is these small bits of fiction which really interest me. The stories of Brian Andreas do not follow this trend.
They do not force themselves upon you. You can read the stories and find that five or six bring you great truth while the rest feel like filler only to read the book a second time and discover that some stories have lost their gravity while others are only just now open to you. Setting aside my admiration for the format of Mostly True, I can honestly say that this book stopped me on more than one occasion and begged me to sit and ponder.
Like I said before, some stories just did not do it for me, but a handful of them made me question my understanding of reality. Presence of Mind, for example, was fun to explore: The narrator does not have the presence of mind to lie, but the dream world itself is beyond the realm of the present mind. How could a liar know when he lies and when he tells the truth if he does not know himself to be a liar?
If you make your actions true by default then there is no action which can be false unless you forgot to learn what false means in the first place. Nov 06, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 29, Sarah Miller rated it really liked it Shelves: These books make me happy. Aug 10, Miles rated it really liked it. I've had this beautiful collection of stories and drawings for a few months now and have read it like I do most things- slowly and incompletely. Each page has one hand stamped story on one side and a drawing on the other.
Today, I decided to read the whole thing while eating lunch at whole foods. But first, a favorite line from the intro: Of course not, she said, the really important stuff they never tell you. You have to imagine it on your own. It made me kind of upset and confused. I couldn't figure out all inside me: Was there a tinge of friendship in how he wrote about men and romance in his moments with women?
Was it the the fact that I knew he was a man? I couldn't tell but I didn't like it. I recommend this book, there's a lot in there. Oct 12, George Polley rated it it was amazing. I first ran across this book in a shop in Seattle, Washington back in when it was first published. Updated in , it and its companions which includes "Still Mostly True", published in and updated in have long been my favorites. The following story, "Tiger Rain", will tell you why I guess that's why I read it over and over again. Jul 10, Charles rated it it was ok Shelves: How can I be a full out impulse buyer and get enthusiastic about something as low information as this book?
For just a moment I'll defend my whim - a college girlfriend lived in an old ram shackled house. She had neatly painted all the interior walls flat white and proceeded to graffiti up the whole house with poems and quotes and cute little drawing. All I needed to see of this book was, "There was a single blue line of crayon drawn across every wall of the house. I'll keep my one sentence quote in memorium and forget trying to make it fit.
I'll probably forget this book pretty fast too. Aug 19, Jasmine Teed rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is one of those books that came to me unexpectedly just when it was exactly the sort of book I was ready for. I found it in a cafe that sold second hand books in Whitehorse, while visiting the Yukon.
It is a quirky cute book of thoughts on life in the form of little stories, drawings and imaginings that was exactly the sort of playful insight into life I needed at the moment. Jul 12, Randy rated it it was amazing. This was an unexpected treasure. A friend on facebook quoted a page and I was intrigued enough to google it. Then, a message from another goodreads connection said she read these Read them in one sitting.
I laughed out loud at several of these but my wife didn't quite get them when I read them out loud. Had to be there I guess. The twists, irony, and truths in these one page stories were special. A very enjoyable read and I might just keep this book a little longe This was an unexpected treasure. A very enjoyable read and I might just keep this book a little longer to re-read it.
Feb 13, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trees with deep roots know about the things children need. I bought "Hearing Voices" for a pal's birthday and got this one for myself. I actually just remembered I had this book for the second time. I forget about it and then when I discover it again it's like a party in my head. H "When I die, she said, I'm coming back as a tree with deep roots and I'll wave my leaves at the children every morning on their way to school and whisper tree songs at night in their dreams.
Dec 10, Erika Barrington rated it it was amazing Shelves: Me and kelly found this on lindsay's bedside table and read practically the whole thing while we were standing there. The ones that stood out most to me was the prate one and the wind.
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I hope I don't butcher them, but one is - a boy who drew a blue line in crayon all across the walls of his house, and said a pirate always needs a view of the sea, and the other - about how you can only whisper the deepest of secrets to the wind. Dec 05, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: Some of these stories touched my heart and brought a tear to my eye.
Aug 06, Karyn rated it really liked it Recommended to Karyn by: I've been in love with Story People since I was in high school, when I first saw some of Andreas' sculptures and drawings at an art store in Newport. It's among my prized possessions. Jul 12, Randy rated it it was amazing. This was the second book of this set I read and really enjoyed them.
Mostly True was the best so far but this one had some great one page stories as well. I borrowed these books and glad I found them. Feb 23, Leonard rated it really liked it. Unique, inspiring, and humorous collection of brief one page or less prose observations or memories. Aug 21, Shanna added it Shelves: I stole this from my stepmom in the 7th grade.
Just glancing at it still makes me ridiculously happy. May 24, Jackie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Aug 16, Jacqueline Cocklin rated it really liked it. Ken Noguchi rated it really liked it Dec 17, Kairi rated it it was amazing May 07, Patty rated it really liked it Jan 10, Kristen rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Arden rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Marian rated it really liked it Mar 02, Sarah rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Jaculin rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Trish Mullen-Rempen rated it it was ok Jun 08, Sara rated it it was amazing Apr 05, Thornee rated it liked it Feb 15, Amber rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Laura Rogers rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Ben rated it really liked it Dec 31, Amy rated it really liked it May 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Most notable of his works are the StoryPeople objects he makes using salvaged wood from old rural homesteads. These mixed-media works include a short story that focuses on a moment or a memory, and the deliberately crude folk-art-like shapes display bright yet soothing colors and shadowy amorphous Brian Andreas born in Iowa City, Iowa is an American writer, painter, sculptor and publisher.
These mixed-media works include a short story that focuses on a moment or a memory, and the deliberately crude folk-art-like shapes display bright yet soothing colors and shadowy amorphous faces to go along with the simple, declarative language of the prose. Andreas' artistic explorations eventually led to a wide-ranging array of works, from the publication of nine books, to the production of handcrafted furniture and home accent pieces. In , the diversity of his interests produced the foundation of his StoryPeople company.
With his wife's words and two young sons as motivation, Andreas went out into his backyard and pulled a weathered board from the fence and began to play with the boards and place little stories and some color onto them. Soon, shaped as 'people,' others became interested in purchasing them.
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Of the results of the fence-board experiments, it was eventually written that "he discovered the StoryPeople waiting to be carved out of rough barn board, painted in bright colors, and hand-stamped with their individual stories. The moments I have with my friends and family are really all that I need. I like to take them and weave them into stories that are filled with laughter and music and lunacy. And they are mostly true, but I'm not telling which parts.
Books by Brian Andreas.