PopMatters | Jeremy Estes | April 28, 2009
A DRIFTiNG LIFE reviewed by PopMatters
The sound of cicadas echoes through the pages of A Drifting Life. It’s an electric sound, like the buzz of fluorescent lights. It is a sound with presence, and hearing it one can almost see the army of insects in the trees, on the ground. It’s not a solitary sound, but one of many voices together. Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s use of the cicada song—illustrated as a series of thick lines filling the air—provides not only a soundtrack for his development as a young artist in postwar Japan, but also a metaphor for the steady flow of the creative process and the personal and professional static that can block that process.