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Esopus 4 (Spring 2005)


Artist’s Project: Edward Ruscha

By Edward Ruscha

A series of altered book covers by the acclaimed Los Angeles–based artist



By Jody Williams

A New York City chef reminisces about time spent learning to cook—and live—in Northern Italy.


The Greatest

By Ulysses Davis

Never-before-published carved busts of 40 U.S. presidents by a Savannah barber


Soft Serve

By Daniel Tannehill Neely

Tracking the evolution of that perennial summer anthem, the ice-cream truck jingle


Artist’s Project: Shanan Kurtz

By Shanan Kurtz

“All the Eyes Are Mine,” a selection of digitally modified found photographs


New Voices: “For Emergency Use Only”

By Ethan Rutherford

Second in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors


Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #4

By Alex Shear

A facsimile of a Vietnam-era license plate (removable insert) with striking contemporary resonances


100 Frames: Vendredi Soir (2002)

Film by Claire Denis; introduction by Ellen Kuras

Still frames from the French director’s 2002 film about a brief, intense Parisian romance


Yours Very Truly

Recovered by Steven Heller

These letters, found at a flea market in Massachusetts, are a study in rejection and tenacity.


Artist’s Project: Ati Maier

By Ati Maier

“See It Loud,” a removable poster created for Esopus readers


Angus Trumble’s 1685 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (Fourth in a series)



Illustrations by Yvetta Federova

For our first invitational, we asked subscribers to describe their childhood imaginary friends.


Esopus CD #4: Imaginary Friends

Musical artists including Vetiver, Kimya Dawson, and Kate Pierson bring Esopus readers’ childhood imaginary friends to life.


Spread with removable insert from Esopus 4’s “Yours Very Truly”