For almost a decade now I’ve been walking around my neighborhood finding books people put out on the sidewalk. At first I was looking for books I wanted, but eventually started getting interested in the phenomena of the lone book, lying solo on the ground. It was hard to not personify them, to see “lonely books.” When my son was born, I found myself walking him around a couple block radius from our apartment incessantly, either to get him to sleep, or to get groceries, or to take him to the park. I started taking photos of the books, and thinking about what they would be saying or feeling if they actually did have personalities. So this zine/artist book is a collection of those photos and ruminations. It was really fun to make, I hope it’s just as fun to read!
This is Pound the Pavement #14.
Printed on the risograph at Beyond Repair by Wooden Leg Print & Press in Minneapolis in September, 2016.
Lonely Books by Josh MacPhee
- Risograph printed, 2 color throughout
Printed in an edition of 200