Friday, 22 February 2013

Dave Sim's Last Girlfriend

Dave Sim's Last Girfriend:
The Collected Letters & Faxes Of Dave Sim & Susan Alston

(Simon & Schuster, April 2016)
DAVE SIM:
(from a letter to Susan Alston dated 19 March 2004, reprinted in 'Dave Sim's Collected Letters 2004')
You certainly don't need any permission to print your own views on what you remember of myself or Cerebus, nor am I any kind of stickler for keeping my correspondence or personal memorabilia private. I would caution you against such a course of action only because Cerebus isn't really that kind of thing. I'm reminded of the memoir of Adele Morales of her marriage to Norman Mailer (which cost me an exorbitant sum when I found it in Chapters). I knew going in that it was probably not going to contain anything interesting, merely the salacious and the mundane and in that I wasn't disappointed. A good example was dinner with Edmund Wilson. Having just excerpted his F. Scott Fitzgerald parody from Discordant Encounters in the annotations to Going Home, I was on the edge of my seat to see what he and Mailer would discuss. All Adele remembered was that Wilson had a piece of food lodged in one of his teeth throughout the dinner and that that had repelled her. And that was all she had to say about Edmund Wilson. "Serves me right," I thought, remembering the sixty dollars or so the hardcover volume had cost me. "Serves me bloody well right."

...if you have something to add to any discussion of the creative side of the book or if you remember any of the conversations that I had with [Steve] Bissette or with [Rick] Veitch about various aspects of the comic-book medium or with Larry [Marder] about the business, that would be useful in its own way... But, as I recall, the start of those discussions was usually when you decided it was time to go to bed.

As well as being Dave Sim's last girlfriend, Susan Alston served as executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of all thing even remotely Cerebus or Dave Sim related this book has got to be the most useless and disgusting. I wouldn't pay a dime for it.

David Birdsong

Dave Kopperman said...

Considering Sim's work is about gender relations, a book from the POV of someone who was involved with him on that level has more than a little justification for existence.

Dave Kopperman

Jim Sheridan said...

Well, in the same way Dave Sim probably felt that reading the letters of Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald was necessary for him to better understand those personalities and their work, someone might feel that reading the letters of Dave Sim might do the same.

I'm not sure I will pony up the cash for this. I would definitely read correspondences between Dave and some fellow artists as they discussed their craft. I'm not sure I want more info about Dave's love life.

However, we have seen Dave say (and write) interesting things about many different topics. It would not be too surprising if in his letters and faxes (!) in this book, he shows plenty of wit and insight. Why not?

Adam Ell said...

I just really like the burn at the end there.

Dominick Grace said...

Why not, indeed? Dave did publish two volumes of his letters himself, after all. How these compare in terms of their level of interest remains to be seen, of course, but the ones Dave published are of variable interest, so. . . . Anyway, sounds like Dave would prefer this book did not exist, but approved its publication nevertheless, so fans should leave it to their own consciences as to whether or not they want to buy it. (Were this being published against his express wishes, that would be another question, in my opinion.) I'll probably buy it, but I admit some ambivalence.

Eric Hoffman said...

I'm looking forward to reading it.

Hal Roachroach said...

I'm counting up how many people plan NOT to buy this book, and will be buying that many EXTRA copies in addition to my own. Awwww yeah. Touche!

Glen McFerren said...

I actually preordered this on Amazon as I was interested in learning more about "today's" Dave (whether it would help or not). Now it's delayed for another year...anyone know why??