This volume, which is slight in length but rich in content, contains two essays on the role of "collage culture" in our society - focusing on the impact our current obsession with borrowing from past decades may be having on our creativity and society in general. Easily digestible and thought-provoking, the book sets itself apart thanks to designer Brian Roettinger's excellent approach to setting out the text in different shapes, sizes, fonts and arrangements. It also helps that both authors, Aaron Rose and Mandy Kahn, are clearly gifted wordsmiths.
More than anything what I took away from this book was a sense of provocation. An urge to create something in a different voice. To take part in a new cultural exchange. As someone who writes, and wants to pursue creative writing, this is greatly motivational. I now know that if I feel disillusioned I can take this off of the shelf and feel inspired again.
Excerpts from these essays are also available on an LP with original music by the LA band No Age, which I also throughly recommend.