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Hardcover, 6 x 9 in. / 154 pgs / 7 color / 39 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 72   

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ISBN 9780956192806 TRADE
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A Stick of Green Candy

Stories by Jane Bowles and Denton Welch. Illustrated by Colter Jacobsen.

For this fifth volume in the Four Corners Familiars series, in which artists respond to literary classics, the young San Francisco artist Colter Jacobsen (born 1975) has chosen four absolute masterpieces of short fiction: Jane Bowles' “A Stick of Green Candy” and “Camp Cataract,” and Denton Welch's “The Trout Stream” and “Narcissus Bay.” Bowles (1917–1973) and Welch (1915–1948) share a perceptiveness and surgical lucidity for moods and surfaces that William Burroughs, a fan of both authors, remarked upon: “both writers are masters of the unforgettable phrase that no one else could have written… each has a very special way of seeing things.” Jacobsen, who has previously collaborated with the writers Bill Berkson and Kevin Killian, and whose paired drawings—one drawn from life, the other from memory—demonstrate a flair and desire for response and collaboration, adds to these stories his marginalia, chapter headings and paired drawings, making of the whole an enticing mesh of sympathies.
A Stick of Green Candy

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

THOMAS EVANS | DATE 3/4/2010

A Stick of Green Candy
From Four Corners

For this fifth volume in the Four Corners Familiars series, in which artists respond to contemporary writings and literary classics, the young San Francisco artist Colter Jacobsen has chosen four real masterpieces of short fiction: the American writer Jane Bowles' “A Stick of Green Candy” and “Camp Cataract,” and the British writer Denton Welch's “The Trout Stream” and “Narcissus Bay.”

Bowles (1917–1973) and Welch (1915–1948) share a perceptiveness and surgical lucidity for moods and surfaces that William Burroughs, a fan of both authors, remarked upon: “both writers are masters of the unforgettable phrase that no one else could have written… each has a very special way of seeing things.”

Welch's ability to recreate the world's textures in equivalent language effects is exemplified in this magical description of a trout stream, from the eponymous story included here: "I now caught a glimpse of a dark shape fanning the water with its silky tail. It held its position under the far bank; then darted away in a flash, leaving me to search for others. I thought of their bodies, soft as moleskin and with a sort of filmy shimmer over them, perhaps a little like the bloom on untouched plums." continue to blog


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