Hand-Drying in America by Ben Katchor
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Hand-Drying in America is a large book...Not only does this make it easier to appreciate Katchor's backgrounds...but it also encourages us to linger over these pages and the rich, wry and quietly remarkable worlds they contain.
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**Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year 2013**
**NPR's Best Books of the Year 2013**

WITH BEAUTIFUL FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT

From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century.

Ben Katchor, a master at twisting mundane commodities into surreal objects of social significance, now takes on the many ways our property influences and reflects cultural values. Here are window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching and a forest of artificial trees for sufferers of hay fever. The Brotherhood of Immaculate Consumption deals with the matter of products that outlive their owners; a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash; high-visibility construction vests are marketed to lonely people as a method of getting noticed. With cutting wit Katchor reveals a world similar to our own—lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality—but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently and brilliantly bizarre, and always mesmerizing, Hand-Drying in America ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way.
 

About Ben Katchor

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BEN KATCHOR is the author of The Cardboard Valise, The Jew of New York; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District; and several works of musical theater with the composer Mark Mulcahy. He teaches at Parsons The New School for Design and has contributed to The New Yorker, The Forward, and Metropolis. The first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, he is the subject of the documentary The Pleasures of Urban Decay. He lives in New York.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Pantheon. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Glen Weldon on Mar 12 2013

Hand-Drying in America is a large book...Not only does this make it easier to appreciate Katchor's backgrounds...but it also encourages us to linger over these pages and the rich, wry and quietly remarkable worlds they contain.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Mar 05 2013

This highly entertaining book will appeal to all interested in informed, often sharply humorous commentary on culture, design, psychology, and urban places.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Mar 09 2013

Katchor loves to zoom in on the everyday objects that we easily ignore: washroom hand dryers, the riot-gates that protect downtown stores, the folding chairs in a bingo hall.

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