“A La Cart”

October 31, 2008 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Fiction | 3 Comments

In honor of Halloween, I’d like to point you to a book with a lot of costumes in it.  Hillary Carlip uses her collection of found grocery lists to create a bevy of characters, and then dresses up like she imagines them to look.  As you turn the pages of A La Cart, you’ll have trouble believing that all 26 different characters are actually the same person.  She does different ages, genders, and even races.  The only thing she doesn’t really try to change is her height, though I guess there isn’t much you can do about that.

Accompanying the stunning makeup and costumes, Carlip offers a profile and a little story about each character.  There is also a picture of the shopping list that started it off.  You could have a field day with the lists alone, between the handwriting and the misspelling.

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