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American Utopia

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Disclosure: I'm a big fan of Byrne and Kalman and I was fortunate to see American Utopia as a concert tour almost two years ago. This book brought me back to the show. Is this book for everyone? no. It is simple, effective and thought provoking. Like any piece of art, you should spend time with this book. Appreciate the art.
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Former Talking Heads frontman and visionary artist David Byrne weaves together experimental magic with bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman in the unique and inspired "American Utopia," a celebratory collaboration of words and art slated for a September 8, 2020 release from Bloomsbury Publishing. 

"American Utopia" embraces the truth of human connection in a richly human way drawing its text from Byrne's hit Broadway show of the same name that is currently scheduled to return to Broadway on September 18th with a Spike Lee documentary also in the works. Kalman's four-color artwork was originally created for the Broadway show's curtain, but here is present in the form of over 150 of Kalman's works. 

I'm sitting here in my home on an early June Saturday evening. The eighth day of downtown protests is going on a few miles from my home and at times one can't help but wonder if we'll ever truly get along with one another and build a system that is fair, equitable, safe, and embracing of all. 

In a sense, "American Utopia" answers that challenging question with a resounding "Yes!" Kalman's imagery captures a portrait of daily life and the human experience that is both intimate and universal. Byrne's language, simple yet precise, is hope-filled in an honest and meaningful way. "American Utopia" is a call toward connection, a call toward kindness, a call toward the community of our greatest imaginations. It's a reminder that we can create the world that we wish to live in and we simply must do so whether that be as artists or musicians or writers or dancers or however it is to manifest in our lives. 

We can do it. And we must. 

"American Utopia" is a relatively quick read, though it's a book that will be revisited again and again for those who embrace it. It's a dose of optimism in a cynical world, a beautifully designed immersive experience that will linger in your heart and mind long the book has left your hands.
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This is an art book for fans of David Byrne and Maira Kalman.  Although the prose is interesting, it does not mesh well with the illustrations.  There is no story or informative narrative, just drawings juxtaposed with prose by David Byrne. This is not a book I would buy for the collections I manage.
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A wonderful collaboration two very talented authors words drawings.A book that put a smile on my face Inwill be gifting and recommending this book.#netgalley#bloomsbury
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This joint venture by musician David Byrne and artist Maira Kalman is a very simple yet uplifting artistic experiment. Written like a children's book, the poetic words match beautifully with the childlike images. Recommended for anyone who needs to some inspiration in these dark times.
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