ISBN: 1932416579
ISBN 13: 9781932416572
By: David Byrne

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For over twenty-five years, David Byrne has focused his unique genius upon forms as diverse as disco, architectural photography, and PowerPoint. Now he presents what may be his most personal work to date, a collection of drawings and diagrams mapping the strange corners of his mental landscape. It's an eclectic blend of faux science, automatic writing, satire, and an attempt to find connections where none were thought to exist—-a sort of self-therapy, allowing the hand to say what the voice cannot. Irrational logic, it's sometimes called. It's the application of logical scientific rigor and form to basically irrational premises. To proceed, carefully and deliberately, from nonsense, with a straight face, often arriving at a new kind of sense. The world keeps opening up, unfolding, and just when we expect it to be closed--to be a sealed, sensible box--it shows us something completely surprising.Byrne's enigmatic, enchanting collection teaches us that there is absolutely no reason to discount anything, of any type, anywhere.

Reader's Thoughts

Rtm Taylor-Manning



Pencil tree diagram sketches


I love looking at things in new ways.


One day I hope to be famous enough so my simple doodles can fetch lots of money in pretty journal form.

Aaron the Pink Donut

Weird great stuff. Flow charts of human behavor shape like huge root and plant systems.


I am a huge fun of mind mapping and what a woot to see Daviid Byrnes take on it


diagrams + poetry = surreal art. Really lovely book.


Beautiful tiny drawings of trees and charts and words made with one of those yellow mechanical pencils you sharpen by turning the tip. I have no idea why I find it so compelling.


David Byrne's analyzation of everyday life is hilariously absurd and also thought provoking. I love his generalizing, objectifying, overlaping, and metaphorizing of all activities, things, and feelings involved with the human experience. Athough I enjoyed the drawings, I don't think I would have made much sense of them or liked them as much without the descriptions in the back of the book. It's mostly ridiculous, but now and then he really makes a convincing point that all we are and believe in IS mostly ridiculous.


Weirdly compelling artwork / poetry. Hard to define, but it seems that someone just stuck David Byrne in a room with a pencil and paper and said "Go".

Ginny Crothers

A collection of sketches and diagrams that center on the idea of "irrational logic." Never discount anything, anywhere.<3 David Byrne


a really really beautiful book. it is a treasure to hold and a pleasure to leaf through.


Also given to me for Christmas last year by my lady (they must have been having a 2 for 1 sale at Byrne-mart). A big essentially unedited sketchbook of all sorts of free associative hierarchies and other such wacky thoughts floating around Byrne's head (smudge marks included). Fun to flip through and chuckle in moderation, fits nicely on any coffee table.


Mildly amusing sketches from David Byrne's brain, should you want to see inside.


pretty interesting reading some of the notes on the drawings, liked some of the tree map things he did, liked the feel / layout of the book, didn't know david byrne was the talking heads guy / have little to no predisposition / knowledge of him prior to reading this

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