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I Can Hear Me Fine (Get To
The Point Publishing 93)
"Gritty, blunt and sensitive at once, the book
rails against the banal at every turn, developing a strident and important voice."
"The reader willing to work through its fragmentary
but illuminating tableaux will find a promising first novel."
"A literary jigsaw puzzle, one that might have been
designed by David Lynch and Sylvia Plath."
"An episodic series of impressionistic power chords
set between melodies, image and words."
"The indie star-turned-author has produced a
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"The narrator mixes sense experiences, so that colour,
for example, often has some kind of emotional resonance."
Chap-Books from Get To The Point Publishing
Reviews of David
Lesters graphic work:
"Looks like it was smudged over the page with a kind of accidental precision that turns the mundane into the sublime."
--Hal Niedzviecki, Exclaim (Toronto)
"A collection of funny, surreal illustrations.
Lesters insights make him a kind of alterna-editorialist."
"Uses a vital combination of drawings and prose bits
to break-down literary pretensions."
"Its a slim but witty collection of
Lesters illustrations in a variety of graphic styles that make pointed commentary on
favorite topics such as conformity vs. identity, forming relationships in a society that
communicates via the Internet."
"He creates a whimsical collection of one-panel
images, many of which would be much more refreshing to find in a daily paper than Gary
Larsons old tricks."
Re: Emotional Shrapnel, a book proposal
Dear Potential Publisher,
Emotional Shrapnel combines watercolour drawings with text. It free-wheels across the same cultural/aesthetic terrain as Neil Postman, Milan Kundera, Ralph Steadman, Saul Steinberg and Edward Gorey. Jean Smith calls Emotional Shrapnel "the storyboard of a warped silent movie directed by Albert Eisenstein-berg"! These illustrated thoughts are ingenious -- a humorous reminder that culture isnt just entertainment.
As a graphic designer I can prepare the entire book for the printers. I can offer impressive media quotes on my previous artwork. Fifteen years experience contacting international media on behalf of my band Mecca Normal will be utilized. I will embark on an extensive promotional tour around North America involving band performances, radio, print and TV contacts.
Im looking for a publisher interested in presenting this culturally responsive history.
Yours, David Lester
A BOOK PROPOSAL: Emotional Shrapnel illustrated thoughts by David Lester
Last night, while you slept, a brash communiqué from the front lines of culture was pasted to lamp standards in your neighbourhood. You will not see it. Culture is bought and paid for. You have been homogenized.
Allegiance has shifted towards Starbucks and the Gap, they have come to dominate culture in a few short years. Popular media is more conservative than any time in the last 40 years. Accepting universal routine affords us a sliver of experience; individual potential has been shelved in favour of another shopping spree.
These illustrations juxtapose political concerns and artist endeavours; they expose hypocrisy and faltering ideals. Political rights have been replaced with consumer rights. Less is now officially... less.
Watercolour on paper is unpredictable and spontaneous; an alchemy of individual creation versus digital conformity. These panels are artfully amusing, thought provoking, and shamelessly idealistic.
FORMAT: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
1. Your despair entertained me (new consumer
- Book tour in Canada and USA in conjunction with the performance and promotion of Mecca Normal including an exhibit of drawings from the book
- Utilize extensive media contacts in Canada and the US
- Advance praise from acclaimed authors, musicians, social commentators
David Lesters drawings have been reproduced in publications in Canada, the US, and England. He is a graphic designer and musician whose band, the guitar and voice duo Mecca Normal, has received international acclaim (including a four star CD review in Rolling Stone). The band has a political edge is mutually created to address social concerns including poverty, housing, womens rights while inspiring people to consider their own community, power and creativity.
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