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Miller, Ken (Photographer) & Vollmann, William T. (Author) . OPEN ALL NIGHT. New York City, NY: The Overlook Press, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

Artist Book. Collaboration between two longtime artistic and personal friends. Now regarded as a contemporary cult classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Ken Miller and William T. Vollmann: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Black-and-white photographs by Ken Miller. Text by William T. Vollmann, selected by him from some of his most celebrated works: "The Rainbow Stories", "Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epigraphs", "The Ice Shirt", and "Whores for Gloria". Brief Essay, "Open All Night", by Vollmann, which has not appeared in any other publication. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Ken Miller's and William T. Vollmann's "Open All night". Juxtaposes and detonates the unsettling photographs of Ken Miller and the unflinching prose of William T. Vollmann in one powerful book. The text is presented on the left-hand side, the photographs on the right. In most of the pairings, the text and the photograph complement each other. The text fleshes out the narrative that is implied by the photograph, making the former work like an extended caption of the latter. The two artists have known each other for a long time and Ken Miller's work has appeared in Vollmann's numerous books. They are both obsessed with the dark side of the American Dream, the Other America that foreigners do not know about and most Americans would rather ignore: An America "peopled by outsiders, skinheads, electroshock patients, addicts, prostitutes, the same people real and imagined who inhabit the novels of William T. Vollmann. In tandem they present a stark yet humane landscape of a world they both know intimately" (Publisher's blurb). Ken Miller's work has been compared to such giants as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Larry Clark. Vollmann has been compared to such giants as Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, and Hunter Thompson. It is probably just as illuminating and instructive to take them on their own terms instead of dwell too much on their artistic genealogy. Both have won numerous awards, with William T. Vollmann, once firmly labeled as an incomprehensible cult writer, selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". An absolute "must-have" title for William T. Vollmann and Ken Miller collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 44 black-and-white plates with accompanying texts. Two of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0879515716. $30.00

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