Manitou Springs Public Library
Midwest Library Service
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
“After five years at the central library, I seriously doubted the humanity of my peers.” – Joel J. Rane
A chapbook version of the instant cult classic, Scream at the Librarian sucks you into the flop house grime of downtown Los Angeles at a time when it was abandoned by all but the terminally desperate. The Screamer, Mr. Brain Damage, and The Devil are just a few of the unforgivable characters populating Rane’s real-life accounts from deep within the stacks of a library that had become a refuge for squatters, drug addicts, and the mentally deranged.
Each story is accompanied by stunning new illustrations by native Californian Cristin Sheehan Sullivan and Raymond Pettibon, progenitor of LA’s punk rock art scene
Text: Joel Rane.
Illustrations: Raymond Pettibon and Cristin Sheehan
Letterpress and xerox. Stapled binding. 84 pages. 7.5.”