Synopses & Reviews
Bill Brown's Dream Whip zine is a raw little chunk of America full of darkened crop-fields and desert moonlight and sad, empty diners. Now in its 14th issue, Dream Whip is a zine with some history behind it. "I was skateboarding one night, back in early '90s," Bill explains over email. "It was late, and it was cold. I hit a rock and, suddenly, I was lying on my back and the sky was full of shooting stars. I was dizzy for a year. I started doing a zine to take my mind off my broken head. I finally got better, more or less, but the zine kept going." The long-running Dream Whip is an informed, articulate, patient piece of existential storytelling. In a tone that's half Ira Glass, half Cometbus, Bill's 344-page pocket-size 14th issue gives us stories of biblical theme parks and border-crossers, of Dutch punks and haunted houses. His is a wide-spanning, optimistic, Technicolored America, more Woody Allen than Kerouac, but always on the road. As says Bill, "Dream Whip is a bad country song full of open roads and achy hearts and ratty motel rooms where I take stock of how many miles I've gone and how many I've still got to go."
"So good!" —Print Fetish
"Dream Whip" treats us to a paperback edition of Bill Browns latest ramblings of modern American wanderlust. "Dream Whip" mixes short evocative stories with a romantic, almost eternal longing. Reminiscent of the work of Bill Bryson, David Sedaris or an episode of This American Life, "Dream Whip"has the amazing ability to mix laugh-out-loud stories with goosebump-inducing spookiness.
Here are anecdotes of small towns, landmarks and would-be landmarks, diners with good egg salad and a cast of unforgettable characters. Bill tells of St. Roch, the patron saint of lost causes, whose church is littered with discarded crutches and prosthetic limbs. He laments, In Austin it was impossible to go on a simple errand without falling in love. Every time I mailed a letter or went to buy a loaf of bread, I'd end up with a broken heart."
"Dream Whip" is vividly illustrated by Brown, whose hand-drawn landscapes are both simple and lonesomely elegant. With an eye for architecture and natures malevolent motives, Bills illustrations perfectly reflect his careful understanding and big-hearted, inevitably sad regard for life.
Microcosm Publishing has sent out 5,000
postcards for the book to bookstores and individuals.
Author is a known filmmaker who has received grants from Creative Capital and the Rockefeller Foundation
Author continually tours around the globe promoting his work.
In the latest installment of the Dream Whip zine there are stories of biblical theme parks, border-crossers, Dutch punks, and haunted houses. It depicts a wide-spanning, optimistic, Technicolor America, more Woody Allen than Kerouac, but always on the road.
About the Author
Bill Brown is a filmmaker, photographer, and author who has produced the films Buffalo Common, Confederation Park, Hub City, Mountain State, The Other Side, and Roswell. He is the author of all 14 issues of the zine, Dream Whip, and the book Saugus to the Sea. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.