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Illustrated Men

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A thousand words, a single picture...

Since artists are often called upon to turn prose into a visual for such things as book covers, I wondered, would writers be able to pick up the creative torch and run in the opposite direction? I had little doubts they could and it got me excited wondering what they would come up with for my own pastel paintings.

So with that it mind I
ebook, 164 pages
Published July 2010 by MLR Press
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Cole Riann
There are seventeen stories to sixteen paintings in this volume (one of the paintings was chosen twice). I had quite a few favorites of mine that I’ve found myself revisiting in my daydreams over the past few days. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (based on the painting of the same name), written by Aleksandr Voinov and marquesate, tells the story of a disillusioned, gay officer in a camp in the Middle East. Tired of being on guard 24/7 and wanting to go home even though he’s been re-enlisted because of ...more
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Illustrated Men is not your typical anthology. Artist Michael Breyette, noted for his pastel paintings celebrating the male form, decided to see what kind of stories his art could influence. This book is the result. Containing seventeen stories inspired by sixteen of Breyette’s works, it’s an eclectic assortment that ultimately created mixed reactions from me.

With the exception of four stories I loved for various reasons, the true highlight of this collection is Breyette’s work. I’m an unabashed
Elisa Rolle
The Red Truck by Justin Sheperd: In the old fashioned way that cowboys don’t cry and they do work hard, The Red Truck is the story of Brendan, wandering and homeless cowboy, and Chip, the son of ranch owner with too much obligations to be free, of living and loving. The story is good, but it has a sad undertone; even if Brendan and Chip are happy now, it’s clear that their happiness is a temporary thing, since Chip has not the courage to claim their love. Like the Red Truck Chip is riding, Brend ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Feliz rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is fantastic. The pictures alone are worth five stars, and the stories went from great to I-can't-believe-it to awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....
A must - read!
Aleksandr Voinov
Dec 14, 2012 Aleksandr Voinov added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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This was four years in the making. But it's finally out.
The drawings were more exciting than the stories.
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Michael Breyette is a self-taught artist. Like many other fellow artists, he does not recall when he began drawing. But having started at a very young age, he soon realized he had an aptitude for it. Born in rural upstate NY, a region that can sometimes parallel the stereotype of the red-neck South, his earliest works were often of an escapist nature and typically fell within the realms of science ...more
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