Frank Miller

Geschenke 2012: Bücher, DVDs und Comics

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[für eine Übersicht über die besten Bücher, die ich 2011 gelesen habe… hier entlang (Link)!]

[für eine Übersicht aller Geschenke, die ich 2010 machtehier entlang (Link)!]

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die zehn Bücher, die ich am häufigsten verschenke:

die zehn Filme / Serien, die ich gerne empfehle / verschenke:

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Buchtipps sind… sinnlos. In meinem privaten (Zuhause-)Freundeskreis jedenfalls:

Es fällt mir leichter (und wirkt weniger… übergriffig / aufdringlich), auf Amazon Marketplace zwei, drei gebrauchte Ausgaben zu kaufen und zu schenken, als Freunden mit Kaufempfehlungen in den Ohren zu liegen.

Sobald ich denke „Er/sie hätte Spaß, mit diesem Buch“, kaufe ich eine billige Ausgabe.

Hier: Die Bücher und DVDs, die ich 2011 verschenkt habe.

Blau markierte Titel kamen sehr gut an.

Rot markierte Titel kamen schlecht an.

Die Liste für 2010 ist hier (Link).

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Geschenke 2011:

Kinder:

mein Neffe, zum 2. Geburtstag und zu Weihnachten:

  • „Cube Book: Dream Cars“ (Bildband, Link)
  • „Cube Book: Cars“ (Bildband, Link)
  • „Cube Book: People“ (Bildband, Link)
  • „Cube Book: The Earth“ (Bildband, Link)
  • „Cube Book: Baby Animals“ (Bildband, Link)
  • Eric Carle: „Mein allererstes Buch der…“ (Farben, Wörter, Bewegungen)
  • „At the Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Shadow Book.“ (Spielbuch, Link)
  • Frans Lanting: „Eye to Eye. Intimate Encounters with the Animal World“ (Bildband, Link)

Sohn meiner besten Freunde, 3 / 4 Jahre alt:

  • Dr. Seuss / Felicitas Hoppe: „Grünes Ei mit Speck“ (Bilderbuch, Link)
  • Album voller (nerdiger) Ausmal-Bilder (z.B. DAS hier, Link)

Tochter meiner besten Freunde, 9 Jahre alt:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: „Yotsuba&!“, Band 4 bis 10 (Manga, Link)
  • Jeff Smith: „Bone“ (Fantasy-Comic, Link)
  • „Scribblenauts“ (DS-Spiel, Link)
  • E.B. White: „Wilbur & Charlotte“ (Kinderbuch, Link)
  • Shannon Hale: „Anna fängt Feuer“ (Fantasy-Jugendbuch, Link)
  • „Avatar: Herr der Elemente“, Episoden 1 bis 6 (DVD, Link)
  • “Nausicäa aus dem Tal der Winde“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Ein Herz und eine Krone“ (Hollyood-Klassiker, Link)
  • „Lady Oscar – die Rose von Versailles“, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)

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Frauen:

meine Schwester – Schülerin, 18:

  • Sven Regener: „Neue Vahr Süd“ (Roman, Link)
  • David Foster Wallace: „Schrecklich amüsant – aber in Zukunft ohne mich“ (Essay, Link)
  • Gary Shteyngart: „Super Sad True Love Story“ (Roman, Link)
  • Miriam Toews: „Ein komplizierter Akt der Liebe“ (Roman, Link)
  • Kirsten Fuchs: „Die Titanic und Herr Berg“ (Roman, Link)
  • Cormac McCarthy: „Die Straße“ (Roman, Link)
  • Ethan Hawke: „Hin & weg“ (Roman, Link)
  • Kevin Vennemann: „Nahe Jedenew“ (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: „Halloween“ (Roman, Link)
  • Lois Lowry: „The Giver“ (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Suzanne Collins: „The Hunger Games“ (Jugendbuch, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Schmöker und weibliche Hauptfiguren:

  • Kathryn Stockett: „Gute Geister“ (Roman, Link)
  • Howard Cruse: „Am Rande des Himmels“ (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • „Mad Men“, Staffel 2 (DVD, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Klassiker, Reisen und bürgerliche Figuren/Themen:

  • Saree Makdisi: „Palästina: Innenansichten einer Belagerung“ (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Ayelet Waldman: „Böse Mütter“ (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Tove Jansson: „Sommerbuch“ (Roman, Link)
  • Wallace Stegner: „Zeit der Geborgenheit“ (Roman, Link)
  • Jenny Erpenbeck: „Heimsuchung“ (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Mangas und Surreales:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: „Yotsuba&!“, Band 1 und 2 (Manga, Link)
  • Michael Chabon: „Die unglaublichen Abenteuer von Kavalier & Clay“ (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Young Adult-Literatur und Schmöker:

  • Nadja Einzmann: „Dies und das und das“ (lit. Portraits, Link)
  • Yasushi Inoue: „Meine Mutter“ (Essay, Link)
  • Lois Lowry: „Hüter der Erinnerung“ (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Judy Blume: „Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret“ (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Kazuo Ishiguro: „Der Maler der fließenden Welt“ (Roman, Link)
  • Isabell Allende: „Mein erfundenes Land“ (Essay, Link)
  • A.S. King: „Please don’t hate me: Nichts ist wichtig, wenn man tot ist“ (Jugendbuch, Link)

Journalistin, 28:

  • Annika Scheffel: „Ben“ (Roman, Link. Kein „Geschenk“, sondern weitergegeben, weil ich es schlimm misslungen fand und keinen Wert auf das Buch lege.)
  • Fréderic Martel: “Mainstream. Wie funktioniert, was allen gefällt.“ (Sachbuch, Link)

Bühnentechnikerin, 29:

Regisseurin / Theaterwissenschaftlerin, 29:

  • Joan Didion: „Das Jahr Magischen Denkens“ (Essay, Link)
  • Susan J. Douglas: „Where the Girls are. Growing up Female with Mass Media“ (Cultural Studies, Link)

entfernte Freundin / Angestellte, die kaum Romane liest; zur Hochzeit:

  • Ben Schott: „Schotts Sammelsurium: Sport, Spiel und Müßiggang“ (Trivia, Link)
  • Ben Schott: „Schotts Sammelsurium: Essen und Trinken“ (Trivia, Link)
  • Ben Schott: „Schotts Sammelsurium“ (Trivia, Link)
  • Matthias Stolz: „Deutschlandkarte. 101 unbekannte Wahrheiten.“ (Bildband, Link)
  • David McCandles: „Das BILDERbuch des nützlichen und unnützen Wissens“ (Bildband, Link)

Hausfrau / Beamtin, 32:

  • “One Week“ (DVD, Link)

Verkäuferin; Fan von (Mainstream-)Fantasy und Young-Adult-Literatur, 45:

  • Patricia Briggs: „Ruf des Mondes“ (Fantasy, Link)
  • Sergej Lukianenko: „Wächter der Nacht“ (Fantasy, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 50:

  • Stewart O’Nan: „Das Glück der anderen“ (Roman, Link)
  • Rick Moody: „Der Eissturm“ (Roman, Link)

meine Mutter (ehem. Arzthelferin, Pflegedienstleiterin, Mitte 50):

  • Evan S. Connell: „Liebenswerte Mrs. Bridge“ (Roman, Link; mehr hier: Link)
  • Richard Ford: „Unabhängigkeitstag“ (Roman, Link)
  • Richard Yates: „Zeiten des Aufruhrs“ (Roman, Link)
  • Stephen Chbosky: „Das also ist mein Leben“ (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • „Mad Men“, Staffel 2 (DVD, Link)
  • …sowie verschiedene DVDs (vor allem Dramen, lange Liste hier, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 60, mag Unterhaltungsliteratur und „Schicksale“:

  • Stewart O’Nan: „Alle, alle lieben dich“ (Roman, Link)
  • Kevin Vennemann: „Nahe Jedenew“ (Roman, Link)
  • Björn Kern: „Einmal noch Marseille“ (Roman, Link)

(deutsche) Sprachlehrerin, wuchs in den 60ern in Santa Monica auf:

  •  Susan J. Douglas: „Where the Girls are. Growing up Female with Mass Media“ (Cultural Studies, Link)

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Männer:

Mein Bruder – Mechatroniker, 25:

  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Rachels Hochzeit“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Scott Pilgrim gegen den Rest der Welt“ (DVD, Link)

Ingenieur/Maschinenbauer, 27:

Programmierer, 28:

  • George R.R. Martin: „Die Herren von Winterfell“ (Fantasy-Roman, Link)
  • Gary Shteyngart: „Super Sad True Love Story“ (Roman, Link)
  • Tucker Shaw: „Everything I ate: A Year in the Life of my Mouth“ (Bildband, Link)
  • Geoff Johns: „Green Lantern: Secret Origin“ (Superhelden-Comic, Link)

Bankkaufmann, 30:

Second-Hand-Buch-Galore zum 30. Geburtstag:

  • Neil Gaiman: „American Gods“ (Fantasy-Roman, Link)
  • Vladimir Kaminer: „Militärmusik“ (Roman, Link)
  • Paul Auster: „Im Land der letzten Dinge“ (Roman, Link)
  • John Updike: „Rabbit in Ruhe“ (Roman, Link)
  • Richard Ford: „Unabhängigkeitstag“ (Roman, Link)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: „Das Bastardzeichen“ (Roman, Link)
  • Raymond Chandler: „Der lange Abschied“ (Roman, Link)
  • Michael Chabon: „Die unglaublichen Abenteuer von Kavalier & Clay“ (Roman, Link)
  • Truman Capote: „Kaltblütig“ (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: „Das Glück der anderen“ (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: „Die Speed-Queen“ (Roman, Link)
  • Kolja Mensing: „Wie komme ich hier raus? Aufwachsen in der Provinz“ (Essay, Link)
  • Frank Miller: „All-Star Batman & Robin“ (Superhelden-Comic, Link)
  • Greg Rucka: „Batman: No Man’s Land“ (Superhelden-Roman, Link)

…und: eine Runde billiger DVDs, um einen kurzen Krankenhausaufenthalt weniger langweilig zu machen:

  • „The Hurt Locker“ (DVD, Link)
  • „The Cove“ (DVD, Link)
  • „An Education“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Before Sunset“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Letters from Iwo Jima“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Waltz with Bashir“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Das verflixte siebte Jahr“ (DVD, Link)

Künstler / Kurator, 31:

  • Jörn Morisse / Rasmus Engler: „Wovon lebst du eigentlich? Vom Überleben in prekären Zeiten“ (Sachbuch, Link)
  • „Inside Job“ (Doku, Link)

mein Vater, Mechatroniker, Mitte 50:

  • Inside Job (Doku, Link)
  • Tree of Life (Familienfilm, Link)

Grafiker, 59 – mag Südostasien und Oldtimer:

  • Naomi Klein: „Die Schock-Strategie“ (Sachbuch, Link)
  • „Cube Book: Dream Cars“ (Bildband, Link; wollte eine eigene Ausgabe, nachdem er die Bücher meines Neffen gesehen hatte)

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Geschenke für Paare / junge Eltern:

  • „Ugly Betty“, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)
  • „Türkisch für Anfänger“, Staffel 1 bis 3 (DVD-Box, Link)
  • „Before Sunset“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Ist das Leben nicht schön?“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Vanilla Sky“ (DVD, Link)
  • „Das verflixte siebte Jahr“ (DVD, Link)

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Geschenke für Freunde aus Kanada / Toronto:

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(weibl.) Office Manager (…und großer Familienmensch), 27, zur Hochzeit:

  • Monika Maron: „Animal Triste“ (Roman, engl. Ausg., Link)
  • Joan Didion: „The Year of Magical Thinking“ (Essay, Link)
  • Yasushi Inoue: „Chronicle of my Mother“ (Essay, Link)
  • Randy Pausch: „The Last Lecture“ (Essay, Link)
  • Simone de Beauvoir: „She came to Stay“ (Roman, Link)

Grafiker / Animator, 30:

  • Gabriel Bà, Fabio Moon: „Daytripper“ (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Alissa Torres: „American Widow“ (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • Marjane Satrapi: „Persepolis“ (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • Apostolos Doxiadis: „Logicomix“ (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • David Small: „Stitches“ (Graphic Novel, Link)

PR-Frau, 30:

  • Alison Bechdel: Fun Home (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Suzanne Collins: „The Hunger Games“ (Jugendbuch, Link)

Webcomic-Zeichnerin / Feministin, 31:

  • Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale: „Catwoman: When in Rome“ (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker: „Gotham Central, Vol 1.“ (Graphic Novel, Link)

Bibliothekar (und Farmerssohn), Ende 30:

  • Josh Kilmer-Purcell: “The Bucolic Plague“ (Essay/Memoir, Link)

Filmemacher / Aktivist, 60:

  • Judd Winick: „Pedro and me“ (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • „Pedro“ (Biopic/Drama, Link)

Pädagogin / Feminstin / Couchsurferin in spe, 60:

  • Anne Lamott: „Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life“ (Essay, Link)

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verwandte Links:

Crazy for Batman: Catwoman, „melon-breasted“ damsel

Interesting conversation on my private Facebook on Tuesday, edited and cross-posted here:

I wrote: [Over the weekend], ALL the internet was happy: CATWOMAN is a playable character in the ‚Batman: Arkham City‚ video game… and she looks strong, confident and in control.

I then posted a link to a game trailer showing Catwoman fighting a street gang: Embedding of the video is disabled, but you should start watching at the 01:06 mark. It’s a fun, energetic CGI fight scene.

I continued: Today [on Monday], 10.000 feminists are angry because DC wrote the following teaser text about September’s new ‚Catwoman‘ book:

‎“Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself […]“

‎’Addicted to Batman’…? 😦

Facebook friend Julia replied: Ok, this is waaaay cool. It’s cute though that at the same time, someone in the editing team of the ‚Catwoman‘ promo decided to omit the line „like a prostitute“ from to soundtrack [a song by Lykke Li]. Surprisingly, there were more feminists at work than you should think…

…but then, another Facebook friend entered the discussion: ‚Kitty‘ is a feminist artist, maker and fashion blogger in her late 20ies. Currently, she’s majoring in Japanology. She’s a big manga fan, but not very familiar with the Batcomics.

Her reply: oh no, stefan. concerning aesthetics, she is really catty – but not in the way her name suggests: she should rather be called „catty bull woman“ Ö_Ö

okay, this is just mocking… bringing in gender, the rest of this character from her marble breasts to her fighting style are just shaped and limited by patriarchic logic.

what i thought was really interesting when watching ‚the dark knight‘ was that the whole batman universe consisted of nothing but men. it emphasized the fact that the whole narrative was from a male perspective, describing a through and through male universe:

‚male‘ here means competition, fight, brutality, segregation and bipolarity, simply lions on their turf, not even limited by law anymore.

the catwoman presented here absolutely fits in this universe: she doesn’t even raise any awareness for STRUCTURAL patriarchic problems and is limited to the consistence between her sex and her gender. from my point of view, this is not strong, this is weak. she is absolutely not in control as she fails to change the system. she embodies nothing but the tickling idea that what patriarchy has created will explode in its face, however, still using patriarchic logic.

so it’s only resonable that she is bound by the „real world“ and is „addicted to batman“. or, as orbaugh wrote in her brilliant (but not yet perfected) „the body in contemporary japanese women’s fiction“ (however, it’s not restricted by nation state logics): fiction in which women can own strong male attributes will always end in them being retrieved to „normal“ behaviour or even tragedy as these women will collide with the „real world“.

for me, as a feminist, an intellectual and a gender conscious person, this catwoman is tragedy.

my reply: first: that was some seriously kick-ass writing.

I know where you coming from, and I don’t want to ‚defend‘ the game: Selina – as a character – is someone I don’t really know well enough, and personally, her attitude (and the whole over-sexualized, animalistic way she holds herself) often makes me uneasy… I don’t like this whole mix-up of ’sexually agressive‘, ‚animalistic‘, ‚female‘

… and when I saw her KISS one of her opponents in the video, I felt irritated: Is this a character using her sexuality? Or an animator portraying women as agressive, over-sexed sluts?

With all that said, I still have a fondness for the character. She is a former sex worker and dominatrix. She has her own moral code. She is the sole rogue female in a VERY male corner of the DC universe… and while she clearly respects Bruce, she doesn’t NEED him as a foil to form her identity (something that EVERYONE in the bat-family does: Alfred, the Robins, the Batgirls…).

So… while I’m personally not terribly interested or fascinated with morally ambigious, agressively sexual cat burglars… I think Selina, as a consistently INTELLIGENT, sardonic, smart woman, can handle the bullwhip, the dominatrix attire, her whole objectification etc.: She seems WAY more conscious about what she’s doing with her body, her attire than, for example, Xena… or Supergirl…

as for ‚The Dark Knight‘: I don’t think Bruce is capable of a relationship, and in all the previous Batman movies, there was some ham-fisted, one-note ‚love story‘ attached that didn’t really advance the plot. What happened to Rachel Dawes is something that SHOULD have happened to a LOT of women Bruce toyed with and led on, so my reaction wasn’t „Gotham is a bad place for women“ but „Bruce is hurting people left and right. He’s not capable of love.“ …something that I want to see addressed more often and more deeply.

With ALL THAT said…: The trailer, to me, took a FAR more simplistic approach. To a lot of fans, Batman is a power fantasy. And the Catwoman trailer gave Selina that exact role: She’s a „cool action girl“ the way Bruce is „a cool action guy“. All the dysfunctional, neurotic and alarming SEXUAL implications of these costumes IS there – and yes: Selina is WAY more sexualized than Bruce.

But to me, that’s the central idea about this (THIS!) character: Selina is a smart and strong woman who USES her body in EVERY way. The same thing with Buffy? Or Xena? Or the Alias girl? I would have groaned. But with Selina, it makes sense.

One last thing: Can you give me some examples of female characters challenging a (male) universe with her… ‚female virtues‘ who end up suffering for that? It sounds interesting… but all I can think of is… Lars von Trier’s ‚Breaking the Waves‘ (which I hated).

Kitty replied: what you have written about catwoman explains her role in the set of the batman universe using this universe’s logic. seen from a „real world“ in which the bipolarity of the hetero normative system is considered normal and natural and is shaped like this mainly by means of power and force, a fictional universe where these principles are over-subscribed will consequently produce a figure like catwoman.

it’s not true that she doesn’t need bruce or batman – she needs all men in this universe to be what she is.

i found the kissing scene very irritating, too, but concerning the whole set, it’s not abnormal: sex and power go hand in hand in this universe. first of all, humans are devided into male and female. they are not definded by reproductivity reasons here, but more by desire: catwoman is a clear sign for men being reduced to their „sexual inflammableness“ while women are the object of this desire.

as this system is kept alive by power and force, of course anything related to desire is shaped by these two.

this also explains batman’s role as alpha male: he is a power fantasy as you have pointed out, but also overly male. love as a mechanism to overcome the gap between his alpha male-ism and women would therefore mean weakness.

„examples of female characters challenging a (male) universe with her ‚female virtues‘ who end up suffering for that“ – this is not what i have written or meant 🙂 it should be: „examples of female characters challenging a (male) universe with her ‚MALE virtues‘ who end up suffering for that“.

as catwoman does, such females use male attributes as strength, rudeness, hunting abilities, being active not passive, speaking up to „stand their man“ (luckily and sadly, there is no english term for this german idiom :)) in a male universe to get what they want or deserve. the femme fatale is a symbol for that. she uses male techniques combined with her femaleness but in the end, often is punished for that.

i’ve got two examples for you: first of all, i had to think about the women in „Sin City“ who assumedly have reached a state of self-determined peace (but always without guarantee). they have become warriors to survive in a world that is shaped by male power – like catwoman. however, while men can kill in this universe for self-discovery, for bravery and for virility (if these criteria aren’t met, power and cruelty are clearly marked as being pervert!), the fact that the women bring their male inspired lifestyle to its termination by killing a man, will end in the fall of their „empire“.

example number two is from star trek (sci fi is sooo interesting in terms of gender – while the narratives of time and space are lifted to a new level, sex and gender are still the same as in our western hetero normative matrix!): vixis is a klingon (female) which means she is – by nature! – stronger than human beings. in [Star Trek V: The Final Frontier?] she fights against an alien monster and wins due to her klingon strength. but in the end, she is dependend on two human male crew members to carry her back to the space ship.

the „damsel in distress“ motif applies in the first and in the second example: it doesn’t matter how strong women are displayed, in the end, they can only be saved by a male.

to look for similar scenes in this video game would of course be interesting.

oh, and an example as you may had have intended: dawn campbell (played by naomi watts) in i ♥ huckabees 🙂

Personally, I know Selina as a morally ambigious but VERY competent criminal schemer in Darwyn Cooke’s „Selina’s Big Score“ and a more melancholic and emotionally invested (but still: capable and extremely likeable) character in the Jeph Loeb / Tim Sale trilogy ‚Batman: The Long Halloween‘, ‚Catwoman: When in Rome‘ [excellent even as a stand-alone] and ‚Batman: Dark Victory‘.

I bought most trade paperbacks of her 2002-2008 solo series and might read them later this year…

…and while I can see Kitty’s reservations and criticism, Selina still strikes me as one of the most interesting Bat-characters… and I’m eager to see her in the upcoming ‚The Dark Knight Rises‘.

Internets? What do you think?

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