This week I'll showcase another early find from my collection: a chapbook called Trash Tankas for Lady Stardust by music critic Byron Coley and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. This was created for a Brooklyn McSweeney's party in 2002 in an edition of 100 copies, signed by both Coley and Moore.
The book is hand assembled and staplebound with a lilac cover on heavier card stock paper. Inside, Coley and Moore have composed a tanka (a Japanese poetic form) for each of David Bowie's albums. Take a look:
The book is numbered out of 100 copies, but my copy features two edition numbers: on the pink sheet on the back cover as well as on the colophon inside. This is copy 63/100 (inside) and 38/100 (outside).
I picked this up shortly after it's publication from a seller online for something like $20 -- I was a big McSweeney's fan at the time and still couldn't get enough of Sonic Youth's A Thousands Leaves, which I had won three years prior on a radio giveaway from my hometown station, Northampton, MA's 99.3. Very cool to see Glass Eye Books operated in the next town over, too!
Last Stories and Other Stories by William T. Vollmann
Currently listening to:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "Tender Prey"