Hand-Drying in America And Other Stories

ISBN-10: 0307906906
ISBN-13: 9780307906908
Edition: 2013
Authors: Ben Katchor
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Description: From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 11.25" wide x 12.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century.Ben Katchor, a master at twisting mundane commodities into surreal objects of social significance, now takes on the many ways our property influences and reflects cultural values. Here are window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching and a forest of artificial trees for sufferers of hay fever. The Brotherhood of Immaculate Consumption deals with the matter of products that outlive their owners; a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash; high-visibility construction vests are marketed to lonely people as a method of getting noticed. With cutting wit Katchor reveals a world similar to our own—lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality—but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently and brilliantly bizarre, and always mesmerizing,Hand-Drying in Americaensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way.

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