Nick Sousanis discusses his book Unflattening with Chris Richardson. Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an assistant professor in Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is starting an interdisciplinary Comics Studies program. He is the author of Unflattening, originally his doctoral dissertation, which he wrote and drew entirely in comics form. Published by Harvard University Press in 2015, Unflattening received the 2016 American Publishers Association Humanities award for Scholarly Excellence and the 2016 Lynd Ward prize for Best Graphic Novel. Sousanis’s comics have appeared in Nature, The Boston Globe, and Columbia Magazine. More at www.spinweaveandcut.com
"As I started jotting down things I’d read and was excited about recently-ish, I saw a pattern emerge, and I decided to pick my readings around something of a theme – all deal with walking and/or moving and thinking...
In this series of short comics, Taniguchi chronicles the non-adventures of his main character who walks everywhere in the city and notices things. With minimal dialogue and beautiful composition, the book invites its reader to do the same in their own wanderings.
French cartoonist Mathieu’s main character walks and walks across increasingly inventive wordless, single-page black and white illustrations on a metaphorical quest following a series of mysterious arrows. If Taniguchi is asking us to pay more attention to the little things, Mathieu is raising all the big questions as this journey seems to take the character’s entire lifetime and existence along the way.
A series of brilliant reflections on walking and a reminder of its value for discovering our own thoughts. I suspect anyone who reads it will begin to contemplate more ways to make walking a part of their daily lives.
Like Solnit’s book, Ingold’s Lines attempts to shift the focus from destination-bound transport back to wayfaring and what is encountered along the way. He draws (ha) strong connections between the the act of walking and drawn line.
This is a behemoth of a book and spends more time than I wish in critiquing other (quite sympathetic) philosophers – but such a brilliant exploration of, as the title accurately states, movement’s fundamental role in thinking. As Sheets-Johnstone writes “movement is our mother tongue,” and the work definitely makes one question what thinking is (or at least it has me doing so).”