The Reddest Rose
The Reddest Rose's originating question is simple: Why does Leonardo DiCaprio keep dating twentysomething blonde swimsuit models to no avail? But the core interrogation is more complicated: Can sociologists, philosophers, biologists, poets, novelists, or even the legend of Theseus and Ariadne teach us why we experience love the way we do in the 21st century? While this graphic novel has extreme limitations (for example, it neglects to explore love in queer relationships, or at the intersection of other marginalized identities), the author is aware of her own generalizations and the book is presented as a starting point for further exploration of love and lust and the squiggly feelings in between. The drawings—simple, rangy, and humorous—and the text—handwritten and sprawling—harmonize to break down and interpret complicated treatises on the nature of love. As a result, the reading experience is synonymous with taking a scalp massager directly to your brain. It is at scratches an itch while being INCREDIBLY freaky, as the contents of your own heart are spilled onto the page. Recommended by Wulfe
The internationally acclaimed activist follows up her satirical work of graphic medicine with this collection of humorous comics essays about how historical and societal shifts have altered — and perhaps destroyed — "romantic love."