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For the Panorama City of Antoine Wilson’s new book of that name I decided to go with a collage that includes detail from Picasso’s famous sketch of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1955). Inspired by what Wilson says below, I took Picasso’s Panza and set him out on his own, against the sun from that same sketch — but x two for California dreaming — across the Panorama City map and signage.

AW: “Early on, when I was working out what Panorama City was going to be about, I came across the notion that Don Quixote was a creation of Sancho Panza’s,  that Sancho had dreamed him up. I thought it would be fun to write a sort of Sancho-centered book, something from the point-of-view of a sidekick. This was how Paul Renfro came to be. The earliest drafts had a lot more Renfro. But Oppen turned out to be more interesting in his own right.”

The colors were also suggested by the text of the interview.

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To see and read more about Picasso’s sketch:  http://bit.ly/TGGt0D

The rest of Doug Browne’s interview with Antoine Wilson is here and I think it will make you want to read the book.

 “…Wilson is a California writer who has written a California book, but one that eschews all we have come to expect of Southern California literature: corruption, brutality, anxiety, racism, Hollywood, disaster, pornography. Instead, Wilson tells a quieter tale that takes us from a small town in the Central Valley to a small city in the San Fernando Valley, one you probably haven’t given much thought to, even as you may have passed it countless times in your car.” Doug Browne

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1 year ago
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