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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In Open All Night, Ken Miller's images and William T. Vollmann's unflinching reportage combine to present an unsettling and potently authentic document of our time. Imbued with a hyperreal poignancy, Miller's photographs reveal an America peopled by outsiders - skinheads, electroshock patients, addicts, prostitutes - the same people real and imagined, who inhabit the novel ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Overlook Hardcover
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Feb 05, 2013 knig rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Miller is supposed to be really, really good. I’m just not sure at what. Obviously he’s gone round the bazaars in San Fransisco’s underbelly, and cherry picked some pretty respectable down and outs, as far as that goes. What I would do, I would capture the moment in real time: unaffected and natural. What Miller does, he starts staging. This ‘strike a pose’ alleged defiance perhaps confers a sliverette of legitimacy on some of these pot-crack-whore –skin heads, dues ex machina. This I get. But s ...more
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Jun 27, 2013 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: William T. Vollmann
Recommended to Nathan "N.R." by: Ken Miller

Ken Miller is responsible for introducing William T. Vollmann to the Tenderloin and various assorted portions of the unseen sectors of the world, writing about which would make a small name for Vollmann. Readers of Bill’s fiction will recognize Ken as The Photographer from Butterfly Stories, the sheetrock guy from Thirteen Stories Thirteen Epitaphs, and various and sundry miscellaneous appearances. No Ken, no Bill.

These 45 photographs are each accompanied by a short text drawn from Bill’s earli
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I think it's an excellent book, since I am in there
This book is awesome. It is very Diane Arbus-esque examining the underbelly of the Haight Ashbury District of the 1980s. I personally love this book for its documentation of Skinheads in the early 80s (SF Skinz) which was rarely done pre-Geraldo/Oprah.. If you are a collector of subculture you should definitely check out this book and William T. Vollmann's book Rainbow Stories based upon the same groups of people.
Miller's pictures speak for themselves. Though Vollmann is a writer I'm coming to like more and more, his text was unnecessary.
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