- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Steidl; Slp edition (April 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3869302097
- ISBN-13: 978-3869302096
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 12.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ode to Happiness Hardcover – April 21, 2011
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About the Author
Los Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant uses language and words as the basis for her paintings, drawings and sculptures. Grant has exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. She has collaborated with artists and writers including Michael Joyce and Hélène Cixous, and is a founding member of the Watts House Project in Los Angeles.
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Once I took the book out of its sleeve , I was rather surprised by the content itself. It starts off with the text "I draw a hot sorrow bath..." and carries on in the same vein. Everyday actions accompanied by a word description of misery or sorrow in plain black ink. Above the text are pictures also in black ink, smudged, plain and not difficult to paint. The type of painting that you think that you could do but then again you hadn't thought of doing so. Therefore not a big fan of the artwork although it did remind me of the Chinese paintings that are done in black ink.
I'm not sure whether the author is really sad or whether he is poking fun at the recent media assumptions of his perceived sadness. I guess it must be a bit of both. You couldn't write such melancholy phrases without feeling some of those emotions.
In conclusion I would say buy the book if you a big fan of Keanu Reeves as it is an expensive book. I was impressed by the author's humouristic tortured soul way of writing. And although I didn't think highly of the artwork they did compliment the writing. The book has a slight intimate feel to it. The question I pose is, does the author really wear "silk pajamas" and wear "face cream"???
Lea Ling Tsang
I pre-ordered the book as soon as I heard about it and yes it's because I admire Keanu Reeves.
I didn't have any preconceived notions about it and and hearing how it came to be thought it would be a fun addition to my library.
I was completely charmed by the fact that it's the first left handed book I've ever had. By putting the title on the spine of the book jacket you remove the book left handed. Anyone who follows Mr. Reeves career knows he's left handed and also quite playful. He seems to enjoy mind games but he's not obvious about it , you either get him or you don't. I like to think I get him.
First of all the book didn't evolve around the rampant speculation of "Sad Keanu". I mean I don't know how you're supposed to look eating a sandwich sitting on a bench but it looked normal to me. I think he's having a laugh with it.
He and a friend were playing about in his kitchen one night and voila' created "Ode To Happiness" Of course it wasn't that simple but that's part of his charm,making things look easy.
The pictures and accompaning text aren't meant to be taken literally but more metaphorically I believe.
My personal favorite is the misery candle for my own reasons but I enjoy the whole book.
Don't buy it expecting a great work of art or literature because that's not what it's about. He did this because it was fun. It's also a beguiling book to have a glass of wine and pass a few pleasant moments.
There may be other left handed books but I don't know of any so that alone makes this lovely book a worthwhile investment.
But mainly it's just Keanu.
You either get him or you don't.
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Leaves fall, winter of the soul.
This book makes me laugh.
Minimum words, why?
Emotions are so complex.
Words barely describe.