September 22nd, 2008


A Field Guide to Surreal Botany

Today my contributor copy of a Field Guide to Surreal Botany arrived.

In fairness, whenever I appear in a book, I pimp it, so you've no doubt learnt to take what I say with a grain of salt; after all, I want you to buy the things I'm in. With that said, however, this here is a groovy little book, I have to say. It's a slim chapbook that clocks in at seventy pages, and contains forty eight pieces discussing various surreal plants. It is, in a short, a book that you pick up, flip through, read a bit here and there, though you may be the kind who would read it in one sitting (that's never been my style for these kinds of books). The true attraction of it, however, is not the pieces in the book, nor the authors attached to it, nor even the dream like art of Janet Chui. No, the attraction of the book is the thing itself, and the design of it, the weight of the pages and the work that has been put in to bring both the art and writing together.

Honestly, it's a really fine and neat thing, a kind of off beat, strange little project you're not going to find around readily. It's very much an object as it is a collection to be read, and on that level, I can't recommend it enough to you.