Robert Crumb asked me to say that he lives in Albania – to discourage would-be pilgrims from beating a path to his doorstep.
He doesn’t but his medieval hamlet is so far from the United States in every sense that it takes some perseverance to find and upon locating it I discovered that the streets of his walled village are too narrow to penetrate with even the tiniest French rental car.
I mean – Albanian.
But even this tiny community was too distracting when it came time to draw and ink the extraordinarily detailed illustrations for The Book of Genesis – which was published last year.
Like a monastic scribe he pursued his vision in a desolate shelter in the mountains outside town – working for weeks without human contact.
These mountains have harbored many heretics over the centuries but Crumb’s Genesis was an act of textual devotion – precise to the last ‘begat’.
Throughout the summer Nathan Gelgud – a correspondent for the Daily – has been posting a weekly comic about the writers artists and demonstrators who attended the contested 1968 Democratic National Convention.
(ed: link has links to previous 7 installments – and it is well worth the read..(not least because it is a comic/work of fiction based on facts..)
In anticipation of the Republican and Democratic national conventions later this summer – Nathan Gelgud a correspondent for the Daily will be posting a regular weekly comic about the writers – artists and demonstrators who attended the contested 1968 DNC.
Catch up with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
(ed: this is very well done – very cool..)