Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

How November 2009 was like August 1985

Last week, Dan and I were walking towards the Oxo Tower and made an unscheduled stop at the Hayward Gallery to see the Ed Ruscha exhibition (which was awesome: if there's anything better than LACMA, it's LACMA on fire!).

On the way out, we made a quick run through the gift shop. I noticed a really interesting looking book and took a picture of it as a reminder to see if I could find an inexpensive copy after returning home (after all, English museum shops are predictably more expensive than buying it used from an American bookstore). Here's my pic:


Strangely enough, I found myself thinking a day or two ago about a paperback book that my aunt Lisa and uncle Randy gave me shortly before leaving for Germany as an exchange student in 1985. I loved this book: it had a bunch of pictures of America in it and I always thought it was really cool to show it to Germans who seemed to think that there wasn't anything worth seeing outside of New York City. After all, I'd already spent time in fine places like Polaris, MN and Panguitch, UT and heck, even parts of Stockton, CA (my home town) looked like places in this book. I couldn't remember anything about this book other than what the cover looked like, which meant searching for it wasn't going to happen (because online book searches can't read your mind for sketchy 24 year old memories).

However, after checking Amazon for the book above, I remembered that the publisher was the same: Aperture. This led me to searching Aperture's Web site for a while in hopes of finding that other book, to no avail. I then searched AbeBooks for all Aperture publications from 1983 through 1985; finally, after scanning 900+ results for that, I finally found that treasured book from my childhood:

Guess what? The book at the Hayward Gallery was the same damned book, just a newer edition.

Funny, that.

Bonus: Here's a random picture from the men's toilet at the Hayward:


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