One Hundred Demons

Lynda Barry

I came across a mention of this book after I finished Cruddy, more specifically a mention of the story about Barry’s relationship with Ira Glass entitled “Head Lice and My Worst Boyfriend.” The hilarity potential was irresistible.

One Hundred Demons was inspired by a Zen painting exercise; each of the stories represents some kind of demon she’s battled with, usually imbued with the sort of nostalgic reflection that brings the word “poignant” to mind. Except Barry’s raucous sense of humor keeps the cloying possibility under control.

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