- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: McSweeney's Books; 1 edition (August 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932416579
- ISBN-13: 978-1932416572
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arboretum Hardcover – August 25, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Most recently, he's been quite prolific in his online journal, which itself is a mind boggling display of the incredible range of topics constantly churning through Mr. Byrne's gray haired head.
First and foremost, David Byrne's art (yes, even Talking Heads) is about design. So, as with his previous books, the first thing you notice about the book is its design. "Strange Ritual" was black with big gold letters; the idea was to make it feel and look like a Bible.
Then came "Your Action World", which was huge, and had rubber covers. Not sure what the deal was on that (although a great book in the annals of anti corporatism).
After that, he did a mini Bible called "The new Sins", which by and large, turned the teachings of the real Bible upside down (literally, the book itself could be read upside down or right side up, and in Spanish or English, depending on your mood or bilingual proficiency).
Anyway, "Arboretum" has the look and feel of a library book on certain subjects, maybe philosophy or archaeology, or psychology, in short, an academic look and feel about it.
I started reading this book by just selecting pages at random. By approaching it this way, at first the various drawings have an automatic, stream of consciousness writing feel to them. There's a 4 foot pullout in the back of the book, however, which covers a bunch of topics, corresponding to the various diagrams on numbered pages of the book.Read more ›
This book is a great example of how creativity comes out of a broad-ranging--if somewhat unhinged--mind. I found it delightful, funny, and at times, profound and moving. I'm really glad I own it and I suspect I'll return to it often.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a christmas gift and my sister who is a huge Byrne was beyond excited!!Published 18 months ago by Katy Ponte
I got this as a gift for a huge David Byrne fan. She loves his art and writing and of course mostly his music. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by James Renatus
This is one of the books on my daughter's wish list while she was majoring in plant sciences. She had borrowed her professor's book and said it was a great help and she wanted her... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Dianne Scott
Thought it would be interesting to see what he was doing graphically, but its not all that great and very repetitive. disappointed.Published on October 17, 2013 by cteno4
If his name wasn't David Byrne this would never have been published. Byrne should be ashamed of himself for the amount of self delusion it must have taken for him to think this... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by PBD