New Book: Alone Together
And other pandemic lies.
I’ve been working on this book on-and-off again since mid-2020.
I’d finally decided to shelve it. There were/are so many great books coming out about the pandemic that I didn’t see the point in making another.
But then Dr. Naomi Wolf’s book The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, Covid-19, and the War against the Human came out and I found her personal story very moving.
I decided to pull out the files and the art work I’d created for the book, and try again. The result is my latest book, Alone Together: And Other Pandemic Lies.
It’s a mix of blog writing, journal entries, and essays from 2020-2022. There are lots of images ranging from paintings and collages to digital line drawings. There’s humor, there’s anger, there’s sadness, and there’s confusion.
But what I’m mostly telling people is that maybe they shouldn’t buy the book.
No one ever called me a great salesman.
This is the image I’ve used in online announcements, and consider it has a warning:
I’m sincere in this, trying to spare people angry feelings that this book, with its particular viewpoint, might inspire.
If you’re not sure, here’s the back cover copy:
“In March 2020, the world collapsed. It was a clever demolition, done in a gradual way that made people believe safety and security were the driving forces.
We were told lies. Then we were told to live by those lies. Then we were told to enforce those lies on people around us. Lies became our truth, evil became good, and anyone who did not wish to participate in the game was forced to the periphery of both public and private life.
Under pressure to conform, people had to find a different existence. They found new paths to get past the obstacles, new ways to live and thrive. Instead of choosing the path of least resistance, they chose pure resistance in every form. They showed up at meetings and rallies. They refused to be silent. They refused to comply.
Most importantly, they refused to live by lies.
What this looked like depended upon where you lived and the people around you. This book is one possible path.”
If, after reading just these few paragraphs, you find your ire rising…that’s your sign. Don’t buy the book. Please.
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