Hand-drying in America and Other Stories

Hand-drying in America and Other Stories

Graphic Novel - 2013
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** Time Magazine 's Best Books of the Year 2013**
**NPR's Best Books of the Year 2013**


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 America ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780307906908
Branch Call Number: KAT
Characteristics: 159 pages :,color illustrations


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Jul 15, 2018

A unique look at design and architecture that I found challenging and engaging.


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