There were two British international students at the university last spring. Liam and Lucy (Yes, those are their real names) furthered my world view just from the stories they told me about their home life. That sensation, paired with my recent binge on graphic novels and gearing up for Script Frenzy, inspired me to read Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.

Persepolis, followed up with Persepolis 2, are excellent texts for anyone interested in getting into the art of illustration and story-telling. What Satrapi created is in no way “text book”. The fact of the matter is that she’s created a model of what can be accomplished from hard-work, and a very interesting life. Her story compelled me to read it to the end, and it wasn’t just from the subject matter, but her voice. I felt connected with it, which is incredible since my story is a 180 to Satrapi.

Life stories, and memoirs, I have now realized, are my favorite “genre” of writing. My aunt once told me that “No one is interested in what’s going on with anyone”. That’s a good quote to keep in mind when you publicly embarrass yourself, but something I couldn’t lead my life by. I like to hear stories, and learn about people. I like to form bonds, and laugh.

Thumbs: 2 out of 2

Published by ccharle2

A digital services librarian. When I am not reading, I can be found running or counting bats.

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