Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

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Workman Publishing, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 128 pages
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In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.

Like a message in a bottle, a “missed connection" classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby’s Wish and Big Red Lollipop, has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings.

Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories. There’s “We Shared a Bear Suit.” “If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine.” “Hairy Bearded Swimmer.” Each is told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary: delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure up the magic of love found.
 

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The world, or a least a very large chunk of it, is obsessed with the "Missed Connections" personal ads. Sophie Blackall is one of them. Fortunately for us, she's also a very gifted artist (she's the ... Read full review

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Cute book with drawings that were inspired by Craigslist missed connections ads. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
5
You Had a Guitar I Had a Blue Hat
16
Doing Laundry in Our Building
18
We Shared a Bear Suit
20
I Bought You That Milkshake
22
Long Curly Brown Hair on the Q
24
If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine
26
Valentines Day
28
Black Dress D Train
72
Furry Arms in Morning Lecture
74
Green Hula Hoop in Tompkins Square Park
76
Tattooed Girl
78
My Dreamy Neighbor Who Plays Obscenely Loud Music
80
I Gave You My Umbrella but the Wrong Directions
82
I Was the Face Painter Party Today
84
Girl with the Golden Swan Bike
86

Bleeding Nose on the F
30
Passed You on Street U Said Hi
32
Do You Believe in Love First Sight?
34
Floral Print Jacket on the L
36
Hot Toll Collector
38
Phoenix w Crutches
40
We Talked About Rent Africa on the L
42
Are You Scared of Birds or Something?
44
Freckles and Bruises
46
Chinese Food in Queens
48
Butterflies the Museum of Natural History
50
Red Book Blue Book
52
Hipster Chick Who Passed Gas on A Train
54
Greenpoint Laundromat
56
I Wish I Could See Inside Your Head
58
The Coming and Going of Bicycles thats life
60
Throat Tattoo
62
In the Library Browsing
64
How Come Noone Ever Misses Me?
66
Help with Luggage
68
Bonsai Girl
70
You Came to My Tea Shop
88
The Whale at Coney Island
90
Dark Skinned Well Spoken Lady
94
Scrabble Tattoo on Roof
96
Unbelievable Moustache on the C
98
Anyone Know That White Girl with Black Hair Old Fashioned Clothes?
100
Hairy Bearded Swimmer
102
Dear Girl with Silk Screen on the M
104
Owl Lady in the Red Dress
106
Knitting Girl on 7 Train to Sunnyside
108
Appliance Shopping
110
Seeking Girl Who Bit Me TWICE Last Night While We Were Dancing
112
When I Put Your Coat Collar Up
114
Cursive on Leaving
116
Girl Sleeping on Train
118
Ice Skating in Central Park We Collided
120
Tree with Legs
122
You Left Your Coat Here Last Winter
124
I Cant Believe I Found You
126
Acknowledgments
128
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About the author (2011)

Sophie Blackall was born in 1970 and grew up in Australia. She received a Bachelor of Design in Sydney in 1992 with honors. She spent the following few years painting robotic characters for theme parks, providing the hands for a DIY television show, and writing a household hints column. She also had many exhibitions of paintings in galleries in Sydney and Melbourne. She moved to New York City in 2000. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Vogue, and Gourmet. She has illustrated over thirty books for children including Ruby's Wish, Meet Wild Boars, Pecan Pie Baby, Big Red Lollipop, and the Ivy and Bean series. She won the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Her first book for adults was entitled Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found.

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