"What critic – or reader – wouldn’t benefit from a crash course in Kevin Thomas’ reviews? They’re hugely smart, wryly compressed, and visually witty. They beautifully evoke both the book being celebrated and the idiosyncratic mind that engaged it." —Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad

"How often does an author love a review so much she buys it, frames it, and hangs it on the wall? Kevin Thomas captured the essence of my book, its very heart, and he does it over and over again for books of all different kinds. I feel honored to have received the HORN! treatment, and giddy at the thought of an entire collection." —Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

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About the Book

Most reviewers take thousands of words to do what Kevin Thomas does in nine exquisitely detailed black-and-white panels. Using his captivating illustrations and no more than a handful of words, week by week Thomas decrypts some of the most intriguing books of our day for readers of The Rumpus: now eighty-five of his favorites are collected in one volume.

Fiction and non-fiction, cutting-edge and popular books; the one quality these works have in common is that they’ve attracted Thomas’ remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. This is a paean to reading by a thoroughly unjaded, committed amateur of the art, seriously appreciative of each book’s unique attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the excitement and respect they inspire in him. What a list he’s compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper and Jennifer Egan are just a few of the authors whose work is here brilliantly distilled.

Visual haikus closer to meditative poetry than traditional criticism, Thomas’ unforgettable, evocative drawings often manage to encapsulate the essence of a book far better than a 2,000 word essay in our leading journals. Take a look for yourself.

Publication July 31, 2014 • 192 pages
Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-42-8 • E-book ISBN 978-1-939293-43-5

About the Author

© 2013 Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas was born in Southern California and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Classically trained in music, he is self-taught in comics. His comic strip Horn! Reviews appears fortnightly on The Rumpus. His work has appeared in Barrelhouse magazine and on OccupyWriters.com. He lives and reads in western Washington.

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Horn! Originals

Own an original Horn! Review by Kevin Thomas.

Available drawings (click for preview):

Acorn by Yoko Ono (OR Books)
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber (Melville House)
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Random House)
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press)
Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! by Stéphane Hessel (Twelve Books)
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)

Illustrations measure approximately 9.5 x 14″ on 11 x 17″ paper.

Each drawing is $700.

Framing in a solid white, handmade maple frame is available for an additional $150.

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In the Media

Peace News, February 1st 2015

The Quivering Pen, September 3rd 2014

Biblioklept, July 17th 2014

Buzzfeed, July 7th 2014

Biblioklept, June 19th 2014

Guernica, June 18th 2014

Los Angeles Review of Books, May 5th 2014

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