David Small's graphic memoir, "Stitches," may not have won the National Book Award in Young People's Literature this year. But it did break new ground in a rapidly evolving medium, tweaking the old "comic books aren't just for kids" formula by showing that comic books can be for the smartest, most sophisticated kids. More importantly, it served as a cathartic act of self-analysis for an artist whose painful childhood had already demanded one round of therapy long ago.
In his Big Think interview, Small explained how drawing his abusive parents in "Stitches" helped humanize them and how he first came to draw in the first place. Happily married and now at the top of his profession, he's in a far better place these days; but he took time to share what still keeps him up at night.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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