Esopus 11 includes stunning artists’ projects by Robert Therrien (with 16 removable inserts), Darina Karpov (including a four-panel foldout) and Jason Polan, who contributes over 100 drawings depicting Esopus subscribers’ “favorite things about New York.” The issue also includes the first appearance of late artist, poet, and botanist Dwight Ripley’s “Travel Posters,” exquisite—and until now, unknown—colored-pencil works on paper from 1962; a fascinating insider’s perspective on filmmaking in Hollywood by screenwriter Dan Harris (Superman Returns); excerpts from an overlooked 1968 experimental film script by “Muppets” creator Jim Henson; the latest installment of the magazine’s “Modern Artifacts” series with MoMA (introduced by Michelle Elligott) featuring facsimile pages from the museum’s first guestbook; 100 frames from Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel’s remarkable debut feature La Ciénaga (2001), with an essay by the New York Film Festival's Kent Jones, new fiction by Maureen O’Leary; and Angus Trumble’s “Year 1 in Retrospect.”
The issue concludes with a CD of songs inspired by advice columns from Shearwater, Wye Oak, Lucky Dragons, The Muslims, Jenny Owen Youngs, and The Wingdale Community Singers, among others.
164 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound. Printed in Canada. Published November 2008.