The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification

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Harry N. Abrams, May 1, 2006 - Humor - 176 pages
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A must-have for anyone with a passion for shopping carts and a love of the great outdoors.
In "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America" author Julian Montague has created an elaborate classification system of abandoned shopping carts, accompanied by photographic documentation of actual stray cart sightings. These sightings include bucolically littered locations such as the Niagara River Gorge (where many a cart has been pushed to its untimely death) and mundane settings that look suspiciously like a suburb near you.
Working in the naturalist's tradition, the photographs depict the diversity of the phenomenon and carry a surprising emotional charge; readers inevitably begin to see these carts as human, at times poignant in their abandoned, decrepit state, hilariously incapacitated, or ingeniously co-opted. The result is at once rigorous and absurd, enabling the layperson to identify and classify their own cart spottings based on the situation in which they were found.

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The photos animated these carts to an almost biological level. Abandoned, abused, pressed into servitude, these carts clearly suffered every kind of abuse. Some were cases of mass cartocide, but most look eerily lonely. I felt sad for them. They deserved better than they got.
Worth the look.

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This is an absolutely amazing, weird, odd, thought provoking,interesting book. It's a quick read, being made up of primarily photographs, but it will make you look at shopping carts in a whole new way. Very interesting. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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CLASS A FALSE STRAYS TYPES 111 14
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THE NIAGARA FALLS RIVER GORGE
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Julian Montague is an artist and graphic designer whose various art projects address issues of scientific classification as they relate to our perceptions of the natural and man-made worlds. A graduate of Hampshire College, he lives in Buffalo, New York.

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