Over Easy

Over Easy

Mimi Pond / Feb 23, 2020
Over Easy A fast paced semi memoir about diners drugs and California in the s Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming of age story After being denied financial aid to cover her last year o
  • Title: Over Easy
  • Author: Mimi Pond
  • ISBN: 9781770461536
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A fast paced semi memoir about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s.Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming of age story After being denied financial aid to cover her last year of art school, Margaret finds salvation from the straightlaced world of college and the earnestness of both hippies and punks in the wisecracking, fast talking, drug taking grA fast paced semi memoir about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s.Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming of age story After being denied financial aid to cover her last year of art school, Margaret finds salvation from the straightlaced world of college and the earnestness of both hippies and punks in the wisecracking, fast talking, drug taking group she encounters at the Imperial Caf , where she makes the transformation from Margaret to Madge At first she mimics these new and exotic grown up friends, trying on the guise of adulthood with some awkward but funny stumbles Gradually she realizes that the adults she looks up to are a mess of contradictions, misplaced artistic ambitions, sexual confusion, dependencies, and addictions Over Easy is equal parts time capsule of late 1970s life in California with its deadheads, punks, disco rollers, casual sex, and drug use and bildungsroman of a young woman who grows from a na ve, sexually inexperienced art school dropout into a self aware, self confident artist Mimi Pond s chatty, slyly observant anecdotes create a compelling portrait of a distinct moment in time Over Easy is an immediate, limber, and precise semi memoir narrated with an eye for the humor in every situation.
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      • Mimi Pond

        Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications Television credits include writing the first full length episode of The Simpsons, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire , and episodes for the shows Designing Women and Pee Wee s Playhouse She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

    816 Comments

    1. This graphic novel had a really wonderful visual style, and it did an excellent job of creating the world of a California diner in the 70s Unfortunately the story was fairly lackluster and I ended up feeling like there wasn t a particular reason for me reading the graphic novel in the first place.


    2. Not sure where this one came from or where it went, it just kind of splashed on the shore for a while, and then all of a sudden it was over It was pleasant enough while it lasted, don t get me wrong breezy, I guess The late 1970s, California, a small restaurant, young adults, lifestyle, wit, heart, some sex and drugs and rock n roll, some quietly poetic moments Nothing earth shattering, mind you, but charming in a pointless kind of way and isn t that the only kind of charm there is



    3. SO good I am a little older than Mimi and lived through the seventies that turned from hippie to punk, but this is a great story, mostly autobiographical, I understand, the tale of an art school dropout become waitress in a west coast restaurant If you have worked in an interesting restaurant, if you have lived with worked with wild and fun and witty friends, if you lived in those times, I think this will work for you Sex, drugs, great humor, funny anecdotes Nothing much happens in this tale tha [...]


    4. Update 12 18 Today at Grab the Lapels my guest is Mimi Pond She s the author of the graphic novel Over Easy Mimi Pond wrote the first episode of The Simpson s and has work published in places such as the New York Times and National Lampoon In this interview, she adds great insight into Over Easy Because it s hard to get all the graphic novel images right where I want them on , I m going to give you the last paragraph and hope that you ll head over to Grab the Lapels to see the whole review Over [...]




    5. Life is full of drama matter what age you live in I loved reading this graphic novel It is such a small glimpse of Mimi s life when she was a college studentwell ex college student says this graphic novel is a semi memoir of Mimi s life in the late 70 s and I thought it was hilarious.I love this kind of thing Maybe because I like gossip, maybe because I m interested in how people lived back in the day And maybe because I m a people watcher and am fascinated by the way people work.This graphic no [...]


    6. I love books about industries Books which explain what it s like to spend huge chunks of your life making something happen What do people do at work all day This book chronicles the day in day out dramas of a diner in the Bay area, during a time when hippies were becoming rare and punks were on their way in It s based on the author s life, though fictionalized enough to not be wrongly filed in Graphic Novel Fiction Our protagonist begins working at the diner as a dish washer yes, some diners DO [...]


    7. originally published at nomadreader The basics Over Easy is a partially fictionalized graphic memoir of Mimi Pond s experience as an art student and diner waitress in Berkeley, California in the 1970 s My thoughts I spent years working in restaurants I never worked in a diner, but the wine bar in Atlanta where Mr Nomadreader and I met, had an eight hour brunch every Saturday and Sunday Given my history and Mr Nomadreader s continued work in the service industry, I m drawn to books about the rest [...]


    8. I am interested in reading Pond s new book, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG, the sequel to OVER EASY, and, as usual, it s best to read a series in order.This was a low key memoir about Pond s time as a waitress at a small restaurant in Oakland, CA, and since I was once a waitress in the 1970s and identified with Pond s experiences well, except for the drugs and sex If you ve never tried a graphic novel, this is a good title to start with, and readers of Stephanie Danler s fictionalized experiences [...]


    9. while I probably never would have picked this up based on the description alone, it was on a list of graphic novels by women that you missed and boy, I did miss this one the way the story unfolds was a little surprising, like one minute I m just reading another college drop out memoir, the next minute I realize something very special is happening at the imperial cafe I loved the way Pond developed each character, almost getting out of the way so they can unfold arrive as perfectly as they should [...]


    10. The memoirish story of working as a dishwasher waitress at a coffeehouse diner in Oakland in the late 1970s, very episodic and kind of lacking a plot There s not really any urgency, and the characters never came to life for me The artwork is really great, though, and I liked the feeling of the setting The part dealing with washing a dirty mat in the kitchen area of the diner was viscerally disgusting BUT, I really hated that ALL the waitresses and cooks were identified by name except for one who [...]


    11. I understand that this was a slice of life story I can appreciate that about this work The cast of characters were interesting enough to make me continue reading but I wanted SOMETHING to happen It was very generic and in the life of It was set in an interesting time period, about the transition from the 70s to the 80s but stillI wanted out of it that I never got.


    12. Fantastic A superb workplace graphic novel about an Oakland diner in the last 1970s Picture John Cheever as a 20s something art student, female and illustrated Worth every page and every slice of buttered toast Best to read with breakfast.


    13. I love the artistic style that went into this book sketches with watercolor in shades of turquoise Unfortunately, the story itself was a bit dull, but that s life sometimes, I suppose a bit dull.



    14. It took me a couple of pages before I fell into the narrative stream of OVER EASY, the first graphic novel by Mimi Pond, but once in I was swept up by the keen observations and character sketches, and especially the loose wash style of the artwork that is the story s perfect companion The books is based on her post collegiate life in San Francisco during the 1970s, where she lands employment first as a dishwasher and then waitress at an eccentric diner There s no plot, but lots of stories, a fin [...]


    15. I ve fallen for this group of diner misfits Madge is the odd one out, an educated reserved and less beautiful artist, and she is of course our protagonist At the end of the day, though, she s not too different from her coworkers and friends She grows up throughout the book from her innocent naive adolescent attitude to a realistic and seasoned outlook from drugs and sex in bars and concerts and heartbreak, and we dig deeper into the characters she finds herself surrounded by There are lessons [...]


    16. I liked this than I thought I would Mimi Pond captures life working at a diner and all the colorful characters that come with it well, and she does one of my favorite things throughout the book stops to notice and appreciate tiny details She captures the minutiae of daily life and makes it all seem lovely It was also nice to see an account of the 70s where someone was fed up with hippie culture and noticing the emergence of angry subcultures like punk though it s only a tiny piece of the book, [...]


    17. I have read a lot of Mimi Pond s stuff over the years, but had yet to read one of her graphic novels What I didn t realize is that she is about the same age I am, and went to school about the same time I did, and this might help in reading Over Easy On the other hand, even if you were not a late teenager, early adult in the late 70 s you can still enjoy this novel.The story of how, as an art student, she starts working at a diner, is quite cool She captures all the different sorts of people that [...]


    18. The timeframe of this graphic novel is starting to feel like a historical piece, sadly The early 70 s is a weird, alien planet to me now I couldn t relate to it at all, but found it fascinating I got into the artwork after awhile, although it is a little vague and wouldn t be my usual taste It seemed appropriate for this post Aquarius set piece The flow of the book is episodic and not a conventional narrative, which was perfect for the partly stoned, jaded and where s the next party points of vi [...]


    19. The author gives us a partial autobiographical look at life after art school in Oakland California later she went on to be a writer for The Simpsons She works in a diner first as the dishwasher, later as a waitress The diner attracts a quite interesting group of people, both customers and employees The manager speaks latin fluently and writes poetry Overall a nice snapshot of life in the Oakland Berkeley during the 1970 s.


    20. Fictionalized graphic memoir of an Oakland art student coming of age while working at a hipster breakfast bar in the late 70s Loose style of drawing like Roz Chast but less particularized and colorful Overall good read but the story is a little slight and repetitive Seems partly written as a tribute to the bar manager named Lazlo in the story His character was a little over emphasized.





    21. A meandering memoir about working in a diner in the 1970s right when culture was shifting, drugs were big, sex was free, and people could afford to go to university Not much of a plot, but the characters are interesting enough to carry the narrative I do wish there had been of an ending, but reviews say the sequel delivers a lot in the way of action rather than the slow plod of memories in this one.


    22. This is entertaining Having grown up in the 70 s, she brings the time and the characters to life I enjoyed reading it However, the story just ends, all of a sudden We have no idea how long she worked at the cafe or how and why she left, despite having tons of backstory about her life before the cafe The story just abruptly ends Odd.



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