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You Are Not Dead – A Guide to Modern Living
The Canadian Edition
Authored by Meg Holle
Illustrated by Daniel Reetz
This self-management program from the Fakeproject Corporation has you nailed. With masterful, full-color illustrations and artful instructions, eleven easy steps provide the guidance you need with the candor you deserve. Learn to recognize and stabilize your worthless parts. Quarantine and kill the unquestionably contemptible. Confront and counteract the dreams and dangerous notions that prevent you from fulfilling our goals.
Those among the survivors, awake and sturdy, will recall Daniel and Meg releasing the music, image and text collaboration You Are Not Dead: A Guide to Modern Living online in 2008. Since then the project has been re-imagined into a live-action seminar by the production company Black Pants in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Meg attended library school.
To complement the You Are Not Dead seminar experience, we wanted the guide available in print to playgoers and whoever else wanted a copy. Mutual derivations, the new guide follows the play script closely but not exactly. First crafted in 2005, the guide has been updated for currency, expanded for awesomeness and revised to reflect the Canadian context. As such, this guide is the Canadian edition. What does this mean? There are references to Canadian culture and terms while certain Americanisms have been eliminated, the original scathing war bits are removed (this was written in the dark heart of the Bush Administration, hey) and it now includes subtle jabs at the northern soul. Not to put too fine a point on it: we as Americans have no interest in telling Canadians what they’re like. This is about what we’re all like.
To accompany the revised text, Daniel created several new gorgeous and unsettling illustrations; the new copy and images pushed the guide from 30 to 64 sinister pages. We hope to produce a printed American edition in the future, riffing on both the original and the latest manifestation, and to reintroduce the music that was the driving force behind the project’s inception and has sadly been lost from this instantiation. (The music and original text and images are still available at fakeproject.com for online streaming and viewing or torrent downloading.)
But don’t hold out for the American edition, our cheap, music-loving American friends. All profits go right back into the project and more importantly, provide motivation. We like to do cool things, but there are so many cool things to do! that don’t involve us making cool things for you. But when we have your attention and intere$$$t, well… fruits are more apt to follow.
A huge thanks to family, friends and pallbearers for all of your support.