A graphic novel about the medicalization of death and agony | interior states
It is nothing new to say that the medical system was not set up to take care of people’s souls. Still, it’s worth thinking about what happens to your soul when you have to go to the hospital. This is one of the questions at the heart of Kate Schneider’s book Promontorypublished this spring by Fantagraphic Books.
It’s a graphic novel about an elderly woman named Ruth, who suffers a stroke in the first few pages. She spends the rest of the story in the hospital – or physically in the hospital, at least, since we end up following her further and further into her own mental world as she walks into a colorful stranger with a turtle by his side. But there is also something else you should know about the book. It’s not your typical graphic novel, with crisp, inked lines, bubbles, lots of action. It’s done in pencil and watercolour, on rough paper. It is partly because of the texture of the drawings that the rhythm is also different. Not much is happening. And yet, you are totally drawn to the world. There’s a lot of attention to Ruth’s perceptions – she spends a lot of time starting out in the bare corners of her hospital room – and her expressions. Tired, beside himself, angry, but also finding some peace in the desert in his mind. Based on Kate Schneider Promontory about two real people: her grandmother and a woman with dementia, named Audrey, for whom Kate served as caregiver shortly after her grandmother’s death. I invited Kate to talk about the book itself, which is sweet and beautiful, the challenge of caring for a person’s inner life as much as their body as it changes with old age, and her life of artist.
Movies in the Midwest
After speaking with Kate, Indiana University Director of Film Alicia Kozma visits the studio to talk about a new way to fund independent films. And whether we record in a radio studio or a podcast studio. The distinctions are difficult to analyze.