If you sprung the title of this book on us without disclosing the artist, we still would have guessed it was by Mr. Mothersbaugh, known for DEVO, as well as a fine art practice that consists of over a half-century of collecting and creating “mail art” (literally the art movement based on sending small-scale works through the postal service). This book, Mark Mothersbaugh: Apotropaic Beatnik Graffiti, is about a nuanced kind of performance art and the craft of correspondence, a Pynchonian version of American beatnik culture and counterculture expression.

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