is this good? does this sucK?
Is this good? Does this suck? I’m not sure when these two questions
became the only two questions I had about my work, or when making
pictures and stories turned into something I called “my work”—I just
know I’d stopped enjoying it and instead began to dread it.
—Lynda Barry, What It Is, 123
These two questions constitute a refrain in What It Is, Lynda Barry’s
how- to manual for writers, which is also a meditation on the creative
process, a memoir about her own development as an artist, a philo-
sophical inquiry into how memory is embedded in places that are “spots
of time” out of which images emerge, and a genre- bending graphic nar-
rative in which the relation between text and drawing is integral to the
Lynda Barry, What It Is.