I was opening up some packages this weekend, clearing out some of the mess from a week that included some travel. I happened to be in the Twin Cities for work meetings, and got to be at Consortium's offices to share some champagne in celebration of their publishers' two Pulitzer Prize winners!
Among the boxes and mailers that were awaiting my return, I found these three books. Two of them I've been anticipating all season long, and one was a pleasant surprise.
The Chicken Thief
by Beatrice Rodriguez
Enchanted Lion Books (Consortium) | 9781592700929 | $14.95 | Apr 2010
I wrote about The Chicken Thief earlier this season, and my joy in it. Now that the finished edition is here from Enchanted Lion Press, I couldn't be more delighted. It's a delirious chase story with a chicken's life seemingly hanging in the balance, with the entire adventure told wordlessly.
Office of Blame Accountability
by Geoffrey Cunningham, Carla Repice & The American Public
edited by Gregory Ayres
Loudmouth Press (Consortium) | 9780615289090 | $19.95 | May 2010
1) A document collecting the whiny wisdom of the American people, a chance to individually and collectively point the finger of blame at Someone Else, a protest, an art project.
2) A hilarious book that brings all of the above together in one place.
Loudmouth Press' web site explains it all for you:
The Office of Blame Accountability (OBA) is an art project taking place on public sidewalks and main streets across the United States. The OBA has travelled to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Ground Zero on the anniversary of 9-11, and Wall Street during the stock market crash. The ideas that inform OBA stem from isolationism, the growing lack of corporate responsibility, and the increasing economic and social divide between people living in the U.S. ... Since October 2007 the OBA has collected and filed hundreds of blame forms and recorded phone conversations.
You can check out their Facebook fan page to stay apprised of future openings of Office of Blame Accountability locations, and find out about recent developments.
McSweeney's Issue 34
by the Editors of McSweeney's
McSweeney's (PGW) | 9781934781678 | $20 | Apr 2010
Less elaborate than the blockbuster Issue 33 (otherwise known as the one-time-only Sunday paper, the San Francisco Panorama), this vinyl-slipcased edition features two separate volumes. In one, an epic tale of war reporting by writer Nick McDonell from Iraq, where he traveled with the 1st Cavalry Division. In the other book, features by the usual suspects: John Hodgman, Sarah Vowell, Julie Klausner, T.C. Boyle, Daniel Handler, and a portfolio of self-portraits by writers, actors, artists and directors.
This volume looks to me like it's well worth your time and attention. You may admire it in slightly more detail on the McSweeney's site.
As Hodgman frequently says, that is all.