1001 Ways to Live Without Working.New York : 1961 Stock Code: 129002
NotesFirst edition, self-published some six years before the more commonly encountered, expanded, Grove Press edition, and uncommon thus. Before finding fame with The Fugs, Kupferberg operated as poet, pamphleteer and publisher, probably best known to the cognoscenti as the man in Ginberg's Howl "who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown soup alleyways & firetrucks, not even one free beer", a reference to Kupferberg's 1945 suicide attempt from - in fact - the Manhattan Bridge. Identified as the American Society for the Advancement of Anthropophagy Publication No.1 - presumably there were no more, the society, unfortunately, failing - the text consists of a list of 1005, "Wouldn't it be silly if there were just exactly 1001 ways to live without working?", suggestions to achieve the work-free life;
Be the first man to open a pizza
stand on Mt Everest
Be a recluse, or
Be a pair of ragged claws scuttling
across the floors of silent seas 711-9"
The result is a "handbook, political satire, and collage- all-in-one", which lead Matt Groening to describe Kupferberg as "a pioneer of list-making as art" (Houghton Library Blog, "A New Standard of Laziness", 11 February 2016, retrieved 23 August 2018).
Tall "octavo" ( 280 x 109 mm) 10 leaves of variously coloured paper stock, text recto and verso, stapled between light card wraps. printed in red.
Illustrations to wraps and text.
Light toning, wraps a touch rubbed, but overall very good.
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