This Folio Life: Mystery Train, Greil Marcus and Dorothea Lange (08/20)

From the Folio Society blog (in reference to the recently published Folio edition of Mystery Train):

As it happens, when I was working on the original edition of the book, someone asked me if there would be any pictures. I said no, but I immediately thought that if there ever were, they should just be public domain works from the Farm Security Administration photographers—Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Gordon Parks, and others—dispatched by the U.S. government, mainly to the south, to document the daily life of Americans under the Great Depression. And beyond strictly narrative illustrations, that, by somehow intuiting not so much what I had wanted but what, on its own terms, the book still wanted, was what The Folio Society came up with… [continue reading]


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