Captain Fathom's Fables

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Graham, Alan
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2002
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The cover continues: "Interview. Sketches. Fables. Notes. Poetry." This is one of the three books found in my fascinating visit to Bolerium Books in San Francisco. It is a collection of material by and about a singular human being. As his comment on the last page declares, what has kept him going in gray times is "the resilience of the human spirit and our basic decency." After an opening interview on what brought Graham to his hippie-commune-fishing life along the West Coast, a substantial portion of the book is "sketches," one-or-two page journalistic comments on people and events. Most of what are labeled "fables" turn out to be chapters in a dreamy surrealist encounter of hippies with their enemies. Various designs and illustrations punctuate the book. My favorite has a lively smoking human reader sitting on a mushroom and reading "Fables!" (70). People get around, and so does the word "fable"!
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