Review of Chris Ware’s Work in Collage Form


My favorite non-academic collage


A particularly appropriate portion of my non-academic collage

the work/ was/ extremely interesting (if time-consuming and a bit nerve-wracking/ but it alienated me as a reader/because of/ his tireless, sometimes harsh, need to move forward/ It/ involved quite a bit of mental overload. I remember feeling like a hopeless novice/ as I would not have been privy to his insider knowledge/ Was it an unnecessary personal obsession or an actual desire to selflessly help others?/ nigh-impossible to determine./ He was in constant need of reassurance. The organization of the work/ was not worth/ half a plastic pipette’s worth of sea urchin eggs/ it struck me as a bit comical/ pun intended/ the discrete colonies were not differentiable from the others in the carpet/so it took ten seconds to re-focus/ rather than randomly happing upon them

a revolutionary writer/ notable for going so entirely against the grain/ can be found in a short passage drowned in the depths of/ a newness which has neither been fixed and alienated, nor painted over by the preconceived truths of the masses/ a theme which is elaborately incorporated throughout the work

As readers we are/ stepping away from our comfort zone/ Projects such as these do not become instantly successful, but they do require/ a little tweaking and some advertising

Readers should take a step back here to contemplate the overwhelming novelty of this idea/ remembering/ his/ ostracism from the traditional literary canon of the English language/ because of the/ relatively unchanging medium/ he chose/ Perhaps he feels that he/ has been “spent” in /his/ efforts to overcome society’s subtle indoctrination/ Nonetheless/ the reader is left/ feeling slightly bitter, feeling that there is something vaguely awry with our world that we cannot set entirely straight because we are products of it

He would demote/ his/ characters/ from their position as loved, if ill-treated, house pets to that of attention-starved animals at the pound/ With consideration to such issues as/ feelings of guilt and self-disgust/ the development of neurosis through repression/ the demands of society/ an utter emptiness and a loss/ the experiences which come with age/ and/ confounding stews of partially mangled desires and half-hidden fears

His words are scathing / It would seem that/ the ability of humankind to create/ pervasive falsehoods is both intrinsic and vital/ one is presented with an annihilation of/ a warm hearth or a rosy-cheeked child/ which has effectively ostracized/ readers with/ our innate human need for belonging./ Our efforts are wasted; our satisfaction is unfounded.

Some of the best ideas/ are buried under a heap of/ self/ criticism/ a strategy which evokes/ a dull sense of hopelessness/ He/ seems to sense a need for humility/ Some/ likely think him a bit mad/ because/ he/ does not write “so that all may understand,” but rather so that a select few have the opportunity to come to an understanding of/ his/ meaning naturally

On a more positive note/ it was very helpful that the combination of haploid cells to form a diploid zygote was illustrated

(Compiled of excerpts from: “pGlo Lab Write-Up,” “Mitosis and Meiosis Lab Write-Up,” “Proposal for C.A.L.M. Lab,” “The Effect of a Decreased pH on the Fertilization of Stronglyocentrotus purpuratus Eggs,” “Personal Response to Mapping Stem Cell Research,” “Writing beyond the Humanities: Reaching out to Science Writers at the Norman M. Eberly Writing Center,” “Tutoring Philosophy Letter,” “Marx and Feminism,” “‘It Strangles So:’ A Freudian Analysis of Repression in The Yellow Wallpaper,” “The Meaning of Metaphor,” “‘How to Shiver:’ An Exploration of the Call to Novel Thought in ‘The Company of Wolves,'” “‘Starting from Scratch:’ A Feminist Reader’s Response to ‘The English Canon,'” “The Whole Package: The Need for a Complete Chivalry in both Medieval and Modern Society,” and “A Perfect Intimacy: Marie de France’s Desire to Be Well-Remembered”)