Conventional Wisdom

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-08-01
  • Publisher: Glitterati Inc
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An unconventional chronicle, Conventional Wisdom is author-photographer ArthurDrooker's quirky look at conventions held by some unusual interest groups, including Lincolnpresenters, furries, and mermaids. Dropper documents these events as unique expressions ofcommunity, culture, and connection. The humorous and insightful text,including intimate interviews conducted with attendees, complements the stunning photographsDrooker shot during his visits to each convention over a three-year period. From theballrooms to the vendor rooms to the guest rooms, Drooker's ubiquitous camera capturesthe essence and exuberance of these annual gatherings.
Conventional Wisdom shows that regardless of what they'reabout, where they're held or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basichuman urge: a longing to belong. The bookreveals that at conventions people who share similar interests, evenobsessions, come together to bond and to be themselves. The outside world doesn'tmatter. In fact, for the weekend duration of most conventions, the outsideworld doesn't even exist. An attendee Drooker met at the taxidermist conventionexpressed it best. “This isn't a convention,” he said. “It's a family reunion.”

Author Biography

Arthur Drooker is the author and photographerof American Ruins, Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas,and Pie Town Revisited. His work has been featured on CBSSunday Morning and has toured museums, including the Virginia Centerof Architecture, and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. Drookerhas also written, produced, and directed award-winning televisiondocumentaries. To see a selection of his work, please visit arthurdrooker.com.He lives in Mill Valley, California.

James Wolcott is the culture critic for VanityFair. He has also written for Esquire, The NewYorker, and Harper's Magazine. His books include LuckingOut: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York and Critical Mass: FourDecades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs, which won the2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He lives in NewYork, New York.

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