A Little Light Summer Reading
Art & Design
Bill Keaggy, the author, is a collector, photographer, visual artist, and today, as the St. Louis’ Riverfront Times Chad Garrison writes, "his fascination with collectibles is equal parts anthropology and fantasy."
HOW Books published “Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found,” in 2007 after Keaggy’s website, www.grocerylists.org became an internet sensation. “Milk Eggs Vodka” features more than 200 real grocery lists recovered from shopping carts and parking lots across America and other corners of the globe ( people from all over sent him grocery lists they found). Keaggy dissects each list with his acerbic wit and offers intriguing insights about what we eat and why.
“True, lists are trash,” said Keaggy, who found his first list ten years ago. “But they also reveal clues about who we really are. Plus, it’s fun to ridicule the weird things people buy and the fact no one can spell bananas.”
“Milk Eggs Vodka” includes lists of the unhealthy, the elderly, the doodler, the health nut and the poor speller. The book also features the world’s oldest grocery list, a list of the most commonly misspelled staples, recipes based on found lists and a shoplifting list.
Keaggy’s got a sample "Short story about life based on other people’s grocery lists" on the website from one of his lists (which does not appear in the book but offers it as an online "bonus."
If I’ve failed to impress, check out the website for yourself, milkeggsvodka.com. Then again, just go to his website, www.keaggy.com, to see all of his projects which he adds to regularly, another of which has been put into the book 50 Sad Chairs and published this past March by BlueQ.
Keaggy gives voice and humor to the discarded chairs left behind in alleyways and the mean streets, "forgotten forever by their owners and society, until now."
Both books can be purchased at Amazon.com.