The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses
A Creative Game of Limitless Possibilities
The game of Exquisite Corpse is simple: two or more people create an unpredictable artwork by folding the paper to hide each contribution, leaving only small connective lines for clues. The unfolded page reveals a finished collaboration—sometimes wacky, sometimes twisted, and always unique. With this book, you can create your own Exquisite Corpses, with friends or on your own, because the pages are already packed with potential collaborators.
Here are dozens of remarkable cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and tattoo artists waiting for you to complete their drawings. You might find yourself creating art with a renowned fabric designer (Wesley Mancini), a Pulitzer-winning TV critic (Emily Nussbaum), the Tony-winning costume designer for Hamilton (Paul Tazewell)—or one of your favorite musicians (Grace Slick, Moby, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads).
Other pages invite you to test your wordsmithing skills, using a single sentence to launch a story. You’ll spin tales with bestselling authors Chuck Klosterman and Aimee Bender; rock stars Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) and Gavin Rossdale (Bush); TV writer and producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); and legendary actor Stephen Fry, to name a few.
André Breton and his fellow surrealists developed this imagination-bending technique more than a century ago, and it’s still a hit at parties today. The works of art you create with The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses will shock and delight you—all resulting from a long-distance partnership like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Penguin Books, 9780143132486, 240pp.
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
About the Author
Gavin Edwards is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Tao of Bill Murray, Last Night at the Viper Room, and the wildly successful ’Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy series of misheard-lyrics collections. A longtime contributor at Rolling Stone, he has written for theNew York Times, Wired, Billboard, Details, and GQ; and appeared on television programs including the Today show, Entertainment Tonight, and Jeopardy! He’s also moonlighted as a game designer, a photographer, and a demolition derby driver. Gavin lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, museum curator Jennifer Sudul Edwards, and their two sons.