German Peanuts essays

Coming soon for your Kindle is Peanuts. 100 Seiten, a look at how Peanuts reflected American society and the life of Schulz himself. Written by German essayist Joachim Kalka,  has taken the radical step of writing all the text in German, which pretty much locks me out (meine deutch ist sehr shlecht; ich habe eins yahr von deutch auf… ummm, high school.) This is part of a line of 100 Seiten (one hundred pages) books published by Reclam. Kalka is respected enough that some of his previous essay work has been translated into English; perhaps that will eventually be the case with this one as well.

Upcoming releases
Peanuts and American Culture

Coming next May is the book Peanuts and American Culture,.Looking at Peanuts  in the context of it’s “Cold War roots, this collection of new essays explores existentialism, the reshaping of the nuclear family, the Civil Rights Movement, 1960s counterculture, feminism, psychiatry and fear of the bomb. Chapters focus on the …

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Sparky & Spike

Now here’s an odd and potentially delightful one – a children’s storybook based on the early life of Schulz and his dog. Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever is scheduled to come out on my birthday next year (and, of course, preorderable now at the link.) …

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I almost need my security blanket

I coulda swore that I saw this book listed earlier, but then the listing disappeared, and I wondered if it was all an illusion. But it’s back now! Coming next August is a collection from the Boom! Peanuts comics, this one focused on the middle Van Pelt child, Linus! No details …