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Crumb Coffee Table Art Book ë Robert Crumb, world famous illustrator and definite pervert, got his start in the underground comics scene of the late s and early s The R Crumb Coffee Table Art Book is a collection of his best work from the lastyears it s got kids stuff, too, which is pretty fascinating The volume is a welcome reminder that, screwed up as Crumb may be, he s also a tremendously talented, utterly original artist He artistically embodies a certain segment of the s, and as that fades even further into history, Crumb s material becomes important Is The R Crumb Coffee Table Art Book funny Yes, certainly, in a coarse, Rabelaisian way you ll either find it a hoot, or horribly racist and sexist And it s not for the kiddies, obviously But R Crumb is so well known by now, that you probably know which group you fall into, the lovers or the haters The lovers will find this book a wonderful treat I had truly forgotten what an excellent artist Crumb is His older works brought back memories when an entire generation was lost Hard to read, but accurate.His personal strips are excruciatingly raw and honest.I most enjoyed where he wrote about his recent projects in sculpture. For your delectation, there s an unofficial kind of Crumb movie trilogy and they re all well worth seeing.First is Crumb, the moviewhich reveals that Crumb is just as much of a weirdo as you suspected but here s the thing his two brothers are even stranger It a sad sad movie and I really liked it Second there s the sublime Ghost Worldin which Steve Buscemi plays a horrible blues and comix obsessed Crumbalike this is not Crumb per se, it s somebody else s comic but it s his world, with th For your delectation, there s an unofficial kind of Crumb movie trilogy and they re all well worth seeing.First is Crumb, the moviewhich reveals that Crumb is just as much of a weirdo as you suspected but here s the thing his two brothers are even stranger It a sad sad movie and I really liked it Second there s the sublime Ghost Worldin which Steve Buscemi plays a horrible blues and comix obsessed Crumbalike this is not Crumb per se, it s somebody else s comic but it s his world, with the ineffable Thora Birch thrown in Third is American Splendorin which James Urbaniak plays Crumb because Crumb was friends with Harvey Pekar who is the subject matter of the movie All these movies have the P Bryant Unreserved Recommendation, which is a guy you can trust And considering these three movies AND this giant coffee table book, I m filled with revulsion and despair at the vista of masculine sexuality and self loathing here displayed It s almost like on the one hand we have men who Do Stuff, and they re horrendous because they you know invade countries and murder people or manufacture landmines and brain baby seals, and pat themselves on the back for so doing, and then there s men who Don t Do Stuff except sit around despising themselves for not being able to manufacture landmines or napalm jungles and invade Iraq and all that stuff There has to be a third view of masculinity but on dark days, and increasingly on even slightly dusky days, I can no longer see it.Although I did hear a Scottish guy on the radio today saying that he does a show where he plays Andrea Dworkin, as an act of solidarity He did say he catches flak from all sides for that act.Crumb is a supreme poet of masculine self loathing I don t wanna look at his stuff any Discipline the mind Discipline the mind I wonder how one goes about doing that These are the last words on the inside back cover R Crumb is muttering them to himself on the bus after God, obviously fed up with his nonsense, has sworn at him and sent him away.In this big book, genius misanthrope R Crumb takes the patient reader through the history of his life, work, and influences Along the way he shares his darkest fantasies, a bunch of sketchbook pages, and his hilariously self la Discipline the mind Discipline the mind I wonder how one goes about doing that These are the last words on the inside back cover R Crumb is muttering them to himself on the bus after God, obviously fed up with his nonsense, has sworn at him and sent him away.In this big book, genius misanthrope R Crumb takes the patient reader through the history of his life, work, and influences Along the way he shares his darkest fantasies, a bunch of sketchbook pages, and his hilariously self lacerating inner monologue He describes his body type as wimp o morph, which I may have to adopt The book is divided into sections, each one with a simple, honest introduction by R Crumb himself My favorites were the ones about growing up and looking for old comics, being mentored by the great Harvey Kurtzman still influencing my son, who loves the rebound Mad 1 15 , his relationship to music pro and con, and the influence LSD had on his art even though it seemed to come at a cost.He s the one Baby Boomer I would pull out of a fire when the Great Baby Boomer Fire happens, God willing.Highest recommendation, though not for teenagers or anyone still forming their sexual identity And not all of these comics aged well.Oh, one quick rant before I forget I don t like those management y self improvement y books though I have read a few When someone recently asked for recommendations on social media, I made a few sort of counterintuitive recommendations of my own and got accused of trolling.My thesis A book like The R Crumb Coffee Table Art Book, if read carefully, is way better than one of those dopey Maxwell s Rules of Power books for thinking about one s career There are sections on mentorship, working when uninspired, managing a new enterprise Zap , handling intellectual property, and so on Don t blame me for what you can t perceive.I should make a list of non career career books Crazy from the Heat, that Gil Scott Heron book, Lives of the Great Composers, Vagabonding in the USA, Sweet Soul Music.Oh well Whatever Never mind And when I m trolling you will know it, by gum.Discipline the mind Discipline the mind I wonder how one goes about doing that The part about R Crumb s background and how he got started in comics was interesting I respect what the guy was trying to do as an artist, being open about his thoughts and pushing boundaries, etc., but honestly, his images of women were really disturbing His images of himself were equally disturbing I don t think he needed to unleash EVERYTHING that crossed his mind into the public domain, and it s an interesting choice that he did That said, I also thought some of his comics were hilariou The part about R Crumb s background and how he got started in comics was interesting I respect what the guy was trying to do as an artist, being open about his thoughts and pushing boundaries, etc., but honestly, his images of women were really disturbing His images of himself were equally disturbing I don t think he needed to unleash EVERYTHING that crossed his mind into the public domain, and it s an interesting choice that he did That said, I also thought some of his comics were hilarious, and then felt kind of guilty that I did