Rolling Blackouts

Rolling Blackouts

Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

Book - 2016
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Cartoonist Sarah Glidden follows up her acclaimed debut, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, with Rolling Blackouts, which details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Glidden accompanies her two friends - reporters and founders of the journalistic non-profit The Seattle Globalist - as they research stories on the Iraq War's effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war's refugees. Joining them is a former Marine and childhood friend of one of the journalists whose deployment to Iraq in 2007 adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves.The crew works their way through the region with the goal of asking civilians, refugees, and officials: 'who are you?' Everyone has a story to tell: the Iranian blogger, the United Nations Refugee administrator, a taxi driver, the Iraqi refugee deported from the US, the Iraqis seeking refuge in Syria, and even the American Marine. The journalists struggle equally with how to tell these stories and with how to market them into articles people will want to read.Glidden records all that she encounters with a sympathetic and searching eye - What is journalism? What is its purpose? What is honesty? Painted in her trademark soft muted watercolours and written with self-effacing humour, Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden's place as one of comics's most original nonfiction voices.
Publisher: Montréal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781770462557
Characteristics: 298 pages :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm.


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ArapahoeBethW Jul 17, 2018

"You need to actually talk to someone before you think you know what their story is."
-Sarah Glidden in an interview with PRI (Public Radio International)

Jun 23, 2017

A fascinating look into the authors trip to the middle east, tagging along with some of her journalist friends to get an inside look into what they do, how they do it, and why they find it so important.

May 18, 2017

Illustrations are good, but the story is a little boring.

JCLCourtneyS Dec 15, 2016

Meeting people and hearing their stories is my favorite thing about travel. Thanks to Sarah Glidden's book, I met several people from Turkey, Iraq, and Syria from the comfort of my home. The quiet beauty of the watercolor art only added to the richness of the experience.

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