the cheese monkeys

22 Jan

I wish I was a true book worm. You know, the kind of girl who joins a book club and can easily take on the task of reading a novel a week…. unfortunately, I am nothing of the like! I am proud if I can manage to finish even a dozen novels in a short year. Field guides, wildlife magazines and artists books, yes, those things I read weekly, but soaking up a genuine written story of 200 + pages is something that I am proud to maybe accomplish monthly. Which is why I am currently beaming: I just finished a really good read this week, The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd. 20140122-101357.jpgThis baby was found in the library’s book sale section for just $1, and initially I only picked it up for its good cover design and the two exciting hidden messages on the page’s edge. To my happy surprise, after getting a few pages deep, the story was actually about an undergraduate art & design student, his creative adventures/growth and his class with an erratic but genius professor; clearly this book was something I could relate to. 20140122-101309.jpg20140122-101318.jpg

I truly enjoyed his writing style, as it reminded me of authors like Chuck Palhniauk or James Frey: raw, real, and unapologetic. Because of those things, I turned the pages quickly. My obvious personal connection to the genre didn’t hurt either, with plenty of poignant BFA school references, many raised truths about collegiate life and several jokes that mock art history, the read was very enjoyable. I excitedly suggest this book to anyone who is an artist or has studied in the arts. What book’s been on your bedside table as of late?

2 Responses to “the cheese monkeys”

  1. anika 22/01/2014 at 12:15 #

    I used to be a big time book worm back in the day, but I do find visual stuff to be capturing most of my attention lately. Will have to check this one out. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • naturesmyfriend 26/01/2014 at 08:44 #

      I also find it hard to not gravitate towards the picture books!

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