Book Review: Fliers by Nathaniel Russell

The perfect present for buds and dormroom inhabitors, this collection of viral fake fliers is at once strange, thought-provoking, and hilarious. Printed on heavy, cardstock-like paper, these 20 “fake” fliers both celebrate and embody surreal posters–like the kind plastered all over college campuses, only taken to the next level. As a bonus feature, the sturdy paperback comes with a french-fold jacket that, when removed, opens up to reveal a larger poster. Images include a photo of a found duck mistaken for a dog that the poster is now keeping and an anonymous group posting about a quiet universe. There is something in this collection for everyone who ever looked at a postered telephone pole or coffee house bulletin board and wondered “is there more out there?”

I wanted this book because I got a new job and need something to spice up the office. This looked amusing. The cover of this book folds out to make a really nice poster: 
I don’t know if you’re supposed to, but I decided to rip up my flier book and put them on my “poster pole.” …Or is it my “pole poster”? I will change them out as I feel inspired:

Also of note, the posters are in color and offer a nice contrast to the black and white of the poster, thus leading me to believe that this was the point. If this intention is explained somewhere on the cover like the cover-to-poster was explained…then I didn’t notice it and almost felt bad for ripping it up. I’m also not going to take my poster down to check the back of it. Sorry. I’m lazy.

But, before getting this book I didn’t know much about Nathaniel Russell. But looking through the book made me want to know more.

I found this YouTube video produced by PBS Digital Studios about him and his work and it’s highly recommended:

He has a website where you can view more of the fliers found in this book: 

And he also does other art, such as his fake book covers. I think I’m really into them because 1) I’m a librarian who works around books all day and 2) they remind me of the work of Ashlyn Metcalf.

You can follow him  (and Ashlyn Metcalf – cough, cough) on Instagram.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. See my Review Policy tab for more info.

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