Arbitrary Stupid Goal
Arbitrary Stupid Goal
Tamara Shopsin

A philosophical (and illustrated) NYC voyage to the art of everyday ecstasy; Shopsin's refridgerator of wisdom contains pounds of plastic grapes, menus 35 years long, and crossword puzzle correspondences.—Recommended by Ryan

"Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world―when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life." ―Miranda July

In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, her family's legendary greasy spoon, aka "The Store," run by her inimitable dad, Kenny―a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York’s best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. All comers find a place at Shopsin’s table and feast on Kenny’s tall tales and trenchant advice along with the incomparable chili con carne.

Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art.

Title Arbitrary Stupid Goal
Author Tamara Shopsin
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Title First Published 18 July 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0374105863
ISBN-13 9780374105860
Publication Date 18 July 2017
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.

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