The Composites: Police Sketches of Literary Characters

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“Incredible...IQ84 meets CSI.” The Atlantic “Brilliant, and refreshingly unsentimental.” The Guardian “A mashup of high and low culture.” CNET One of the most popular web art projects of the year is now in book form. Using police-style composite sketch software, artist and author Brian Joseph Davis smashes character descriptions and reader interpretations together to create uncanny, compelling portraits of literature's most infamous criminals, outsiders and anti-heroes. Includes 45 images from throughout literary history, full-color design, an essay on the evolving nature of character and fiction in the digital age and excerpts from authors Herman Melville, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Victor Hugo, Bram Stoker, Gustave Flaubert, J.-K Huysmans, and Thomas Mann.

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Brian Joseph Davis is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its “elegant, wise-ass rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes.”  Slate called his novel I, Tania, “The book of your fever dreams.” A co-founder of the literary website Joyland, his short stories have been collected recently in Ronald Reagan, My Father and included in Against Expression: An anthology of conceptual writing( Northwestern University Press). His music and art productions have been acclaimed by Wired, Pitchfork, Salon, and LA Weekly, which wrote, “Davis has an amazing head for aural experiments that are smart on paper and fascinating in execution.”

He's written for Utne, The Globe and Mail and The Believer .

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