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Teen Book - Kate Haug & Nicole Andrews

6 USD
Teen Book - Kate Haug & Nicole Andrews
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Teen Book - Kate Haug & Nicole Andrews

6 USD
"I love you, forgive me, I am love, I am a heart." The poetic truths of high
school journal keepers, both actual and transformed by Haug five years after
graduation. Dispassionate terseness belied by those undeniable poetic truths
as raw feeling seethes right below the surface. Listlessness and
dissatisfaction commingle with possibility in California's Central Valley
during the mid-1980s. Tallow factories, wineries, speed, Chevelles, alcohol,
blowjobs, boys that smell like chlorine, Caprices, Taco Bell, Corvettes, and
lots of driving. "One night we all drove to Manteca to get some speed. We
drank the whole way there - traveling up the 99 north from Modesto. For some
reason the car seems small in my memory even though I know it was big. It is
probably because I passed out along the way." Interlaced with Haug's stories
are Nicole Andrews' evocative, haunting drawings of pools, men in bars,
couples kissing, and solitary figures blankly confronting the viewer. A
perfect compliment and foil to the text, Andrews' wayward characters embody
an overarching sense of aimlessness, of time going by without anything
happening, and the irrevocable passing of youth's expectations. Completed in
1997 but never published, Teen Book is finally, deservedly, seeing the light
of day. With front and back cover photos taken in Modesto by the
incomparable Marcy Robinson. 

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