It is what it is, is
What It IsIn this experimental collaboration between writer Maziar and designer (and Cold War Kids bassist) Maust, poetry, prose and striking visuals merge in 134 pages of edgy observation.
Maziar is best telling stories about others, as in "Lamb in
Lionsuit: Curly Under the Freeway," a profile of a homeless man. He can
write poetry too, flashing through black fences of description: Who
would cry for the news coming from Hollywood, the news of models with
Maziar owes much to the Beats. Like those writers, he works best
read aloud. (The ear may be a more open organ than the eye when it
comes to the pleasure of words.)
Maust's artwork earnestly attacks the conventional. Most memorable
is a blurry old photo of a four-story building preposterously named
We could well see
that spectral hotel again at the end of the world, the last structure standing, bone white.