Some years back, Ken Krug painted a series of small diptych portrait/still lives: each with a book (favorites of Ken’s—usually his own beat-up paperback copies) and an object. I loved the intended and (mostly) accidental juxtapositions, which struck me as both literary and quotidian. I’ve had one of these (Spiegelman’s Maus/salt & pepper shakers) and now I’m proud to own two more (Samuel Delany‘s Dahlgren/flip phone; and Borges/Mets cap). Thank you, Ken Krug, for being so smart and so talented and for being the most avid reader of books I know. And thank you, Chip Delany, for creating in all of us a powerful sense of the future of the retro and the retro of the future.
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