Inklings : a memoir

by Koterba, Jeffrey.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction NC1429.K64 A2 2009
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  NC1429.K64 A2 2009
When Jeffrey Koterba was six, he started drawing his first cartoons, painstakingly copying from the Sunday Omaha World Herald's funny papers and making up his own characters. With a pen and a sheet of white paper, he was able to escape into a world that was clean, expansive, and comfortable--a refuge from the pandemonium surrounding him.

The tiny house Koterba grew up in was full-to-bursting with garage-sale treasures and televisions his father Art repaired and sold for extra money. A hard-drinking one-time jazz drummer whose big dreams never seemed to come true, Art was subject to violent facial and vocal tics--symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome, a condition Jeffrey inherited--as well as explosions of temper and eccentricity that kept the Koterba family teetering on the brink of disaster.

From the canyons of broken electronics, the lightning strikes, screaming matches, and discouragements great and small emerged a young man determined to follow his creative spirit to grand heights. And much to his surprise, he found himself on a journey back to his family and the father he once longed to escape. An exuberant, heart-felt memoir that calls to mind The Tender Bar and Fun Home , Inklings is infused with an irresistible optimism all its own.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Acclaimed syndicated political cartoonist Koterba grew up Omaha, Nebraska, in a family made dysfunctional by a quirky father who compulsively collected junk, notably, broken-down television sets that he repaired. In a house overflowing with castoff junk, Koterba recalls a restless creativity peering into a prism in an attempt to escape the chaos of his home surviving a lightning strike and an awkward adolescence. He'd been fascinated all his life by the Omaha World-Herald, where his uncle worked for a while as a reporter before becoming a White House correspondent. As an adult, Koterba learned that his tics and odd behavior, a trait he shared with his father and a younger sister, were the result of Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder. The revelation offered him a way to understand himself and his father better as he struggled through a failed marriage and career ups and downs until he achieved his dream of being a cartoonist. Koterba renders an absorbing and candid look at the creative process and the struggle to overcome adversity.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this honest memoir, Koterba, nationally syndicated political cartoonist and jazz musician, depicts a childhood burdened with both Tourette's syndrome and an eccentric, overbearing father. A failed musician, the older Koterba drank heavily and turned his frustrations on his family. He also had a part-time business repairing and selling televisions, which turned their Omaha, Neb., home into a Sanford and Son-style junkyard. Like his son, he suffered from Tourette's, which has a genetic component. The painfully shy Koterba struggled as a young man to escape the family chaos and follow his artistic inclinations. Koterba renders scenes of family dysfunction with an artist's feeling for nuance and detail. His psychic turmoil is portrayed with equal facility, and the junkyard house becomes a fearsome presence. However, the book lacks thematic unity. While Koterba offers a number of recurring themes-his Tour-ette's, the Apollo moonwalk, a journalist uncle killed in a plane crash-none of these receive enough focus to sustain the narrative. Yet Koterba's weakness is also his strength: the closeness to his material. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Koterba, Jeffrey.
Koterba, Jeffrey -- Childhood and youth.
Koterba, Jeffrey -- Family.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography.
Editorial cartoonists -- United States -- Biography.
Tourette syndrome -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Creative ability -- United States -- Case studies.
South Omaha (Omaha, Neb.) -- Biography.
Omaha (Neb.) -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2009
Language English
Description 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780151014927
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