CM . . .
. Volume XVII Number 27. . . .March 18, 2011
Author and children's librarian Joanne Schwartz and photographer and author Matt Beam, both Torontonians, first collaborated on City Alphabet, and now the pair return with "urban" numbers that begin with zero and ascend, concluding with 20. Along the way, Schwartz/Beam insert some "in-between" number stops, and, post 20, they offer an addendum consisting of a photo of a multidigit barcode.
As can be seen from the above excepts, Schwartz's text is quite brief and consists of the number as a number and as a word, with the number appearing to have been cut out, collage-like, from a portion of the accompanying photograph. The rest of the text describes the number's original medium (spray painted on cement, torched into metal, neon tubing hung behind glass) and where, in general terms, the number was found, places such as an apartment door, an electrical box and a sidewalk.
Dave Jenkinson, CM's editor, lives at number 167 in Winnipeg, MB.
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