I was browsing in the special pop-up bookstore by ARTBOOK at VSW yesterday and literally ran across the room when I spotted Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd sitting on the shelf. First of all, Goodnight Moon (by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd), which this parody is based off of was one of my favorite books as a young child. I was grinning like a fool standing in the store! Second, this is just so clever! I will most definetly be picking up a copy for my niece (Bella turns 4 next month – and yes, knows how to use an iPad already) this weekend at the 2012 Photo-Bookworks Symposium – and a copy for myself! I have quite the shopping list forming – and a grad student budget. This book must be mine though. Priority!
“Modern life is abuzz. There are huge LCD WiFi HD TVs and Facebook requests and thumbs tapping texts and new viral clips of cats doing flips. Wouldn’t it be nice to say goodnight to all that? Like the rest of us who cannot resist just a few more scrolls and clicks, you may find yourself ready for bed while still clinging to your electronics long after dark. This book, which is made of paper, is a reminder for the child in all of us to power down at the end of the day. This hilarious parody not only pokes loving fun at the bygone quiet of the original classic, but also at our modern plugged-in lives. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you put yourself and your machines to sleep. Don’t worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning.” – Penguin Group (USA)
Scott McCarney will be in conversation with curator Cyril Reade at 7pm TOMORROW NIGHT as part of the 2012 Photo-Bookworks Symposium at Visual Studies Workshop! The event is taking place in the auditorium. Will I see you there?
Above are photos (I took) from McCarney’s current exhibition at VSW: “Reversing the Catastrophe of Fixed Meaning: The Bookworks of Scott McCarney”. The exhibition is up through July 9th in VSW’s Bookstore and Gallery. Be sure to check it out!
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