Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring

"It really gave me a view of a wider world outside the tiny world that my family inhabited."

As a matter of a fact, I grew up in Glendale. California,and there is an arts and music libraryjust up the hill from my house called Brand Library and it's was a beautiful private home built with a Moorish influence, and it had become this fantastic library, and it was my consolation all the time I was in high school. I would head up there and read books onart and artists and check out records. That's where I got my entireliberal education, which meant alot in ain a stultifying place like Glenview.

So, I credit that particular library with providing me with something more than consolation and inspiration. It really gave me a view of a wider world outside the tiny world that my family inhabited. It was a lifesaver. I can't say enough about it.

Well, we live near one of the beautiful Carnegie-designed libraries, and my wife and I go down there regularly. I check out books on tape and listen to them while I work. I listen to alot of recorded stuff while I'm working, and we check out videos and things to watch, and, of course, we check out books.

We don't buy books anymore;we get them at the library. We ran out of bookshelf space, so being able to just go....plus just the libraries here, in Seattle, they're really responsive.You ask them to purchase a book and frequently they'll get it. They'll save it for you; it's just a wonderful situation.

[On budget cuts]

Well, it is an issue here. We've had library closures that have been shocking frankly, because you thinkof libraries as being sacrosanct. I'm from a time when public schools were strong and good, and libraries were wonderful and...quiet...and I don't know what happened to change that. I wish the, sort of, pro-civics attitude that used to make libraries indispensible would ocme back.

[On banned books]

It just backfires, doesn't it? You can't get better publicity for a book than banning it. And I think everybody... history always shows that the people who try to ban books are misguided zealots, at best.

They're always shown to be wrong. Always, with the passage of time. There's never a book banning that came to be thought of as a good thing by reasonable people. So...As long as those fools want to keep making sure those books succeed, they ought to keep trying to ban them.

Well, my current project is a, what thay call a ...it's called a graphic novel now, it's just a big long comic book.and it's the sequel to this book that I put out last year called "Congress of the Animals."  It's a wordless fable that has init alot of things that are impossible to describe in words, let alone pictures...so it's a real challenge, but that kind of heavy lifting keeps me in fightin' trim, keeps the spirit alive, keeps me fresh and vigorous.

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