Street Trash: A Modern Retelling of the Wild Man Myth, Standard Edition Book with Original Text by Don Widmer (2012), item no. 54.02

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"Street Trash: Skaters, Loners, Old Men and Other Deviants" is a hand-bound book with a flat-back case binding. The text is a modern retelling of the Wild Man myth, where boys on the verge of manhood are lured away from their families and into the “wilderness” by an old man who lives below ground. Through a process of initiation involving wounding and a descent into darkness, the boys face their childhood traumas and learn how to view themselves as beings with a larger cultural past and meaning. They learn how they fit into the mythology of their culture.

The book's text was created as part of a multi-media installation at Columbia College Chicago. Words took the form of narrative prose, poetry, or several short film scripts. These texts were meant to be experienced in random fragments throughout the installation. The complete text is presented here in an order which makes narrative sense to the author.

This book utilizes a flat back case binding. Text was printed on a color laserjet printer. The font is Nyala. The paper is “Construction” grout gray, manufactured by the French Paper Co. The endsheets were handmade by the author from pigmented abaca with pulp painting. These are the final four books in an edition of 10. The first six books are part of a deluxe edition which can be viewed here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/264676174/street-trash-2012-a-limited-edition

Size: 8.75 x 5.75 x .5 in. ; 22 x 13 x 1 cm.
Package weight = 1 lb. ; 454 g
"Street Trash: Skaters, Loners, Old Men and Other Deviants" is a hand-bound book with a flat-back case binding. The text is a modern retelling of the Wild Man myth, where boys on the verge of manhood are lured away from their families and into the “wilderness” by an old man who lives below ground. Through a process of initiation involving wounding and a descent into darkness, the boys face their childhood traumas and learn how to view themselves as beings with a larger cultural past and meaning. They learn how they fit into the mythology of their culture.

The book's text was created as part of a multi-media installation at Columbia College Chicago. Words took the form of narrative prose, poetry, or several short film scripts. These texts were meant to be experienced in random fragments throughout the installation. The complete text is presented here in an order which makes narrative sense to the author.

This book utilizes a flat back case binding. Text was printed on a color laserjet printer. The font is Nyala. The paper is “Construction” grout gray, manufactured by the French Paper Co. The endsheets were handmade by the author from pigmented abaca with pulp painting. These are the final four books in an edition of 10. The first six books are part of a deluxe edition which can be viewed here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/264676174/street-trash-2012-a-limited-edition

Size: 8.75 x 5.75 x .5 in. ; 22 x 13 x 1 cm.
Package weight = 1 lb. ; 454 g

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