2010 (prod. 2010 – 2017) edition of 30 (20 outside series)
19 ½ x 13 ½”. Codex. Hand sewn to polyethylene drip lines for cords. Tight-back covered and partially encased in calfskin attached to oak panels with titles of steel letters. In three of the book sections, fired bullet slugs have been set into niches carved into pages. About 1,000 pages (varying depending upon bullet-vault depth). Inserts include turkey oven bags, grocery bags and sections of a variety of soil and soil supplement bags. chronic freedom is offered only to approved collectors.
chronic freedom contains four parts beginning with an introductory essay, “Against Dialogue: and for speaking only to ourselves”, followed by three sections, each on the lives and deaths of three young men, all children of the hippie generation. The third part is comprised of several chapters of original writings and interviews and reproduced newspaper accounts on the hip hop music and scene made by peers of the dead men. In the fourth and last part, the book concludes with a dense core-sampling of local and national media—including the reproduction of entire books, community newsletters, private journals and play scripts, often reproduced in micro-tiles that are fully legible with magnification, sometimes accompanied by commentary and altered by graphic interventions—all on the story of hippies and marijuana in Southern Humboldt County from 1969 to 2010. These assembled materials are framed by original vignettes outlining a history of Southern Humboldt hippie life by Douglas Fir. These run alongside impressionistic (and other) texts by Scott Holmquist. Interviews of adult children of the 1960s and ’70s back-to-the-land settlers and with settlers themselves specifically about raising children in the hills, among other assorted interviews, make up another large part of this section.
Collections: 2011 – UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library; 2013 – Rare Books Collection, U.S. Library of Congress; 2012 – South Africa’s Jack Ginsberg Collection; 2015 – Don E. Wirtschafter Collection.