Tuesday, June 09, 2009

R. Crumb, "The Book Of Genesis"

"The cover of R. Crumb's newest work, an illustrated version of The Book Of Genesis, contains a warning label: "ADULT SUPERVISION RECOMMENDED FOR MINORS." Crumb says that he wanted to preven tpeople from thinking, Oh, a Bible comic book; I'll give it to my kid! . . . Crumb was brought up Catholic and was familiar with the basic Bible stories. . . . Crumb, who says he suspects that God exists, is broadly curious about the spiritual forces in the universe. He occasionally turns to Ecclesiastes and the Gospel of Thomas for spiritual guidance, but he thinks it would be crazy to try to find any spiritual meaning in Genesis: 'It's much too primitive.' "

Francoise Mouly, The New Yorker, June 8 & 15, 2009