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Life Begins at Incorporation Paperback – December 3, 2013
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This book is a collection of comics and essays covering contemporary events from a left / civil libertarian viewpoint. What impressed me was how clean and articulate he is on the page given more room to let out his mind than a tweet or a comic. It was kind of like he was living in my head, and saw a lot of how I feel about politics an life and wrote it better than I could have. And he can draw. I think I have a bit of a guy crush on him (Is that even a thing?).
Anyways, buy this book. Do it for Matt. He needs the money.
We live in a crazy world. These are terrible times for everyone but political cartoonists (and a few rich people). Matt Bors really gets it. He's on top of the big issues -- war, racism, and the economy -- as well as the smaller crazinesses, such as suspending six-year-olds from school for pointing fingers at each other in a weapon-like fashion.
Another reviewer (in a review that I otherwise loved) calls Bors "pessimistic." I respectfully disagree. He's not rosy-eyed, but he doesn't think it's hopeless. He wouldn't bother fighting for a better world -- visiting a war zone! -- if he were a pessimist.
He's also really, really funny, in his essays as well as his cartoons. He's what keeps me from sinking into utter pessimism. Get the book!
It occurred to me that going was representative of his commitment, and that's really the important thing about him. A lot of political cartooning is watered down, or it's completely wrongheaded in it's reactions. Not with him. Matt Bors is committed to his art, and he is committed to his education, in that he will review and study and travel to out of the way places if necessary.
It's not that I always agree with him, it would be weird if I did, but I can always respect his point of view, and he's right a lot.
There is plenty of humor and interest in the book. There is also some unpleasantness. Of course there is; it covers modern politics and war. However, these things need to be known. They need to be looked at. And a pair of brave clear eyes commenting on the scene can do a lot of good.