Sock Monkeys: (200 out of 1,863) by Arne SvensonSock Monkeys: (200 out of 1,863) by Arne Svenson

Sock Monkeys: (200 out of 1,863)

By (photographer)Arne SvensonEditorRon Warren

Paperback | December 2, 2002

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In 1985 Ron Warren began collecting sock monkeys--those icons of American thrift and inventiveness that for generations have been hand-stitched from a pair of red-heel work socks. Years later he met photographer Arne Svenson (author of the recent popular volume Chewed ) who, intrigued by the obsessive nature and growing size of the collection, began with equal obsession to document individually its more than 1,800 examples. To convey the distinct personality imbued in each monkey by its maker, Svenson photographs them in the manner of classical black-and-white portraiture: flatteringly lit, cropped at the shoulders, eyes to the camera. The first 200 of these sock monkey portraits, reproduced larger than life as full-page duotones, are assembled in this book. Invited contributors, including novelists Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman and Dale Peck; entertainers Penn & Teller; and fashion commentators Simon Doonan and Isaac Mizrahi, have interjected short stories inspired by the subject of their favorite sock monkey photograph. The result is an engaging, humorous and at times disturbing reanimation of creatures long relegated to the attic or the back of the closet.
Penn Jillette is a magician, comedian, illusionist, juggler, and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is an advocate of atheism, libertarian philosophy, free-market economics, and scientific skepticism. His books include Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends, Penn and Teller's How to Play In Tr...
Title:Sock Monkeys: (200 out of 1,863)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:December 2, 2002Publisher:Ideal World BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0972211128

ISBN - 13:9780972211123


Editorial Reviews

[Sock Monkeys] triggers sympathies that embarrass the hard-hearted and cause sentimental viewers to gush.