Just to make things fun and chaotic, I’ll make this post from 2 non-sequential days.
I visited this awesome little used bookstore. I would have photos to show, had I remembered to put the memory card in my camera. Luckily I didn’t take too many photos before I discovered my critical error. The bookstore caught my eye, as I couldn’t miss an old house and a porch filled with books. We stopped since they sell used books and that’s allowed. All of the books on the porch were $0.25 each, and if you’re one of those ‘after hours’ shoppers, you can just take your books and leave your money in the box. I found 3 books outside, but the great treasure was waiting for me inside the store.
After browsing for a while, I found a section in the corner called ‘interesting stuff’. There were 2 shelves of interesting stuff, so I knew I would have to stop and read all of the titles. And there it was. A copy of Peter Blake’s God’s Own Junkyard: The Planned Deterioration of America’s Landscape. Now honestly, I’ve never heard of this book before, but I loved the title. The book is missing the dust jacket, but is in good condition otherwise. The price? $1.00. Yep, that fits in my budget AND it’s used. I found some copies of this book on amazon.com, 8 copies starting at $9.98 and one collector copy for $61.00.
This book was published in 1964, one of 17 books published by Peter Blake who was not only an author, but an architect as well. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 86. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m starting it as soon as I finish this blog post. It seems to me that he was born before his time, giving us an early warning of our American culture of carelessness and waste.
I bought this book with the intention of making an altered book, using modern day photos related to his old photos, showing the progression of progress. I watched The Book of Eli the other night and I really can’t help but wonder how close we are to that world being a reality. The one thing that stuck in my head was Eli saying, “…people carelessly wasted things that we kill for today.” I have mixed feelings about making this book into an art project. Maybe I need to make God’s Own Junkyard 2: The Continued Deterioration of America’s Landscape.
Off to read…
I was near the bookstore again, with my camera and a memory card this time… Here’s a photo of the bookstore.