“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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  1. How curious. I’d be interested to read it just to see how so many different personality ideas came out of the shopping lists of one person’s purse! (if they were found, how did the author know they were all from the same person?)

  2. Uhoh, it looks like I was unclear. The shopping lists are all from different people; the characters are all the author in different makeup and costumes. There are separate lists, and each one inspired a different character.

  3. Ah! That makes a lot more sense. It still sounds very interesting.

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