An artist's book rendition of the psychedelic and disturbingly erotic tale of two men, a false identity, and a glory hole.
THE SOFTNESS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOLE
"Fondled, Breathed On, & Signed"
Originally published by Grove Press in 1968 ("The immediate inspiration was going into the men's room at the Caffe Mediterraneum immediately after Allen Ginsberg and finding that he had pissed all over the toilet seat"), this limited edition interpretation uses the very form of the book to make literal the eroticism of the text. The colophon describes how the textblock was "slipt between hard boards & penetrated" in the process of binding and the "type keys fingered" (by no less than Johanna Drucker, who was working and studying with the Davids at that time). The reader is encouraged to "fondle this book."
Oakland: Rebis Press, (1976). 8.5'' x 8.75''. Original wooden boards with brass rivet hinges, bound by James Petrillo. Original tuft of "hair" to title page. Abstract grey designs throughout. Printed on brown Kraft paper.  pages. Signed by the author in ink to final page. Light soil to rear board with small superficial chip; two rivets detached, included in plastic bag. Else sound.
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