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The Father Costume: Ben Marcus and Matthew Ritchie

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Behold a stunning world, composed largely of water, where clothing changes people's behavior and time itself can be worn and discarded like cloth. Witness a father who takes his two boys out to sea, in flight from some menace at home, thus launching their adventures in a strange and dangerous territory. Artist Matthew Ritchie's striking images blend scientific diagramming ...more
Hardcover, 90 pages
Published May 2nd 2002 by Artspace Books
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Pawl Schwartz
Feb 04, 2009 Pawl Schwartz rated it it was amazing
I think that the key to understanding this book is in abandoning all notions of language as we know it (which is hard and rediculous, as this is a book, made of the written word.)

This is a scenario that is post-spoken language, where communication is visual, as well as personal. Some cahracters talk to themselves by barking into leather bags and listening back to it later, some put on different costumes. This is a completely alien world that goes beyond the tropes of sci-fi and fantasy and actua
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So much of this seems obfuscating-for-obfuscation's sake, but when it works, man:

"I wish I could see my father's name. I would not know the grammatical tense that could properly remark on my father. There is a portion of time that my own language cannot remark. A limitation, probably, in my mouth. In this portion of time is where my father is hidden. If I learn a new language, my father might come true. If I reach deep into my mouth and scoop out a larger cave. If I make do with less of myself,
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Feb 24, 2009 Jessica marked it as to-read
Saw Ben Marcus read from Notable American Women with his poor maligned parents present ... fortunately I guess they are ottally nice people and nothing like the villains in his books!
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Oct 03, 2010 Nfpendleton rated it really liked it
This book scares the hell out of me. The book design and illustrations complement the text perfectly.
Dawn
Jun 08, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it
It's cheap right now and hip and Marcus really is good enough to write it.
Jonathan
Nov 18, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it
dishonesty is good, feelings are bad.
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Seemingly the most conspicuous aspect of Ben Marcus' work, to date, is its expansion on one of the most primary concerns of the original Surrealist authors -- perhaps most typified by Benjamin Péret, husband of the acclaimed painter Remedios Varo -- this being a very deep interest in the psychological service and implication of symbols and the manners by which those symbols can be maneuvered and r ...more
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