Here’s a delightful book that makes you question what a book is: Nathaniel Russell’s Fliers, which is actually 20 perforated posters that you can tear out and hang up. I love all of Russell’s work (more on Instagram), but especially his fake fliers:
I almost hate to spoil the surprise, but in an extra stroke of brilliance, the book’s dust jacket folds out into a poster of a utility pole:
This work hits on all levels for me. It’s funny and it’s punk: It makes you want to make a bunch of fake fliers of your own and post them all over your neighborhood. (In fact, this is actually how my friend the punk artist Winston Smith got his start in San Francisco: by making fake fliers for made-up bands and posting them around town.)
You’ll never look at fliers the same way again. When my son lost a shoe on one of our walks, he made this flyer, and I immediately thought of Russell.
Come to think of it, fake fliers would be a super fun family activity for quarantine! Here’s an episode of The Art Assignment to get you started:
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Every Saturday I put one of my favorite books on the Bookshelf. To see more of my favorite books, check out my reading years.