The Author, 2019. First Edition. Trade Paperback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" New. Item #005499704
One of 1000 hand-numbered copies. The work includes a number of unique elements: The cover is a colorful original stencil (every copy is unique); there is an original silkscreen print that doubles as a postcard; and also a note in the author's hand (on page 99). The book is a fascinating collection of the author's letters to her past lovers (of one form or another), dating from 2005 to 2015. Part epistolary, part romance in a rearview, part artist's book, it is a truly unique title. Author Statement: 'In 2009, I switched from keeping a journal as a solo pursuit to writing letters as a collaborative exercise. I thought that, if someone in my future did want to know me, it would be easier, or at least more encompassing, if they could read the dialogues I had with others instead of the monologues I had with myself. It would be better for readers to know me in my plurality - through the infinite number of selves I unveiled as I communicated them to different people in my life, for different purposes. Later, it came to be that I had amassed both a number of lovers and a number of letters across a decade of my life. Spending time with that thematic collection of letters, a hope arose that, when viewed as a series, I could offer both myself - and anyone interested in my humanness - a deeply personal view into my being, for better and for worse and all the greyness in between. I share these letters, lush in their melodrama and too in their truth, as an offering that speaks to the evolution and stuckness of myself, and maybe of you, too. I wrote the first letter when I was nineteen - many of those that follow reflect a person I’m embarrassed of or disappointed with. I invite you to feel the same way about me. Beyond, or perhaps within, the joy and loss of the lover[s] in this book, lives something else entirely—a grand beauty that was, and is, bigger than us. About the Author: Rebecca Marshburn is an author and artist who has shown interactive and language-based public pieces in New Orleans, San Francisco, Detroit, and Lisbon, Portugal. She lives in Seattle, Washington.