The Prologue, The Poltergeist & The Hollow Tree
With an Introduction by Miguel Abreu
When Nietzsche called for the artist as the new ideal, Jimmy Raskin responded and not a moment too late here in the 21st century. This book is a beautiful collaboration of the visual and the philosophical. Jimmy Raskin is the tightrope walker in his revisitation of Nietzsche’s classic Thus Spoke Zarathustra. This thought-provoking book is a eulogy to one of the masters of existential thinking who questioned every aspect of being.
The Final Eternal Return
Organized by Aaron Flint Jamison at Yale Union
Printed by Gary Robbins at Container Corps
Raskin imagines a pivotal moment when, rather than abiding by the cycles of The Eternal Return, the artist disappears. In The Eternal Return the subject moves from personal explorations, to the point of intuition, and returns to the planes of culture with an expressive contribution. In this experimental text, by contrast, the author points to what that impeccable moment of stillness could be: filled to the brim with inspiration, yet without the compulsion to act on it. Raskin commissioned fellow artist Aaron Flint Jamison to make material choices for the book object and oversee its printing.
The special edition includes a letterpress cover with The Last Eccentric’s wax stamp, along with a few curious iridescent strands, and two pristine, color prints related to the two diagrams that express the cycle of The Being of Becoming.