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The Collected Writings makes its case—Brainard surely belongs in this canonical series, in no small part because he represents that peculiarly American aspiration to self-mythologize in the face of an otherwise relentlessly quotidian world. But this is done gently, with affection and a profound sense of commonality with his readers. Sounding playful, sometimes naive notes, Brainard nevertheless advances a serious cause. —Albert Mobilio
“ Beautifully designed, Collected Writings reproduces the improvised, homemade feel of Brainard’s journal writings by including drawings and handwritten notes and memos and cartoons and flyers.”
—Mark Ford, The New York Review of Books
“ This is a really fun book, one that will win over old friends and new fans alike.”
—Patrick James Dunagan, Rain Taxi --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Just for "I remember" -- I challenge anyone to read this
and not be flooded with one's own memories of the
little things of life, and find ones that are identical... Read more
Too juvenile. Reads more like it was written by a sixth grader. Content boring. Overwritten, in a juvenile way. On the p,us side, it is varied, but not very compelling.Published on April 1, 2013 by Kathleen Waring
Joe Brainard (1942-1994) was born in Salem, Arkansas and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An artist, poet, and theater set designer he moved to New York City at age 19. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Grady Harp