by Scoobie Davis
Last Thursday, Art Spiegelman appeared at the LA Central Library to discuss his new book In the Shadow of No Towers. I was moved by the book and Spiegelman's talk made me appreciate the book even more. The book deals with 9/11--comix deal with very serious subjects for those of you who don't know--Spiegelman's Maus is another good example.
Spiegelman had a lot of witty observations. I brought my mini-recorder but there was a sign prohibiting recording. I thought someone from the library was recording it and would offer tapes-for-purchase after the talk but that wasn't the case. I did jot down one funny thing Spiegelman said. Spiegelman said that one reason he made In the Shadow of No Towers look "like a children's book was that the president [then] might read it by mistake."