Cold War Kids bassist and visual artist Maust and wordsmith Maziar collaborate to offer a book that's a guided tour through places they've been, both actual and abstract.
'What is this book about' blurb: A collaboration by Paul G. Maziar and Maust Experimental, sincere and "mercurial" memoir, prose and poetry-married with equally sincere, gorgeous, deconstructed yet meticulous, typography and photo-driven design. Each facet drawing inspiration from the absurd as much as the divine, with a radical and keenly self-conscious sense of itself-aiming to surpass and uphold the mid-twentieth century and modern luminaries which inspired it, with concerted disregard for the conventions that structure perceptions about design and writing. Unable to recognize the differences between poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, the refined and the coarse, in both creation and living. Continually seeking to shift the pathways between unaffectedness and vivacious existence. Images and Metrical nods to unassailable romantic life. The beauty and oddities, which we cannot ignore-what we must somehow capture, or go mad completely. Themes including, leisure and the revolt against mechanized living (or non-living), love, derangement of the senses, homelessness, metaphysical mysteries: life, death and transcendence. Inspired by Coffee, The Letterists, Thelonious Monk, Bill Cosby, Jackson Pollock, Bob Dylan, Abraham Lincoln, Tom Waits, Rancid, Dennis Hopper, The Old Testament, The Beats, Warhol and (equally) The Velvets, Doc Brown, Sylvia Plath, Derrick Brown, The Clash, Fozzie Bear, Billy Bragg, Dracula, Bugs Bunny, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Woodie Guthrie, Leadbelly, and all our friends and lovers.