Cronin, Isaac and Spangler, Tyler. The Dictionary of Unhapiness. Berkeley CA: Little Black Cart (Cruel Hospice), 2014. 80 p.; profusely ill.; 25.5 x 20 cm. Illustrated blue cover with text in black. Introduction by Cronin.
The result of a collaboration between Isaac Cronin – one of early pro-Situationists the late 1960s and the co-creator of the Council for the Eruption of the Marvelous – and contemporary visual artist Tyler Spangler (http://tylerspangler.com/), this book superposes digital collages with Situationist-influenced writing. Sample entries of this dictionary include:
AIR: Widely prevalent gas, soon to be the subject of an extensive marketing campaign
BULIMIA: Metaphor for the state of mind of the consumer that allows maximum growth of the market system
CHILD: Proof of disposable income
HUMAN RESOURCE: Concentration camp inmate who gets to take a shower with soap so long as he doesn’t complain about the lack of hot water
…and so forth.