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In Toybox Americana, Tim Lane rummages through the toybox of 20th century Americana, mixing and matching milieus, attitudes, and cultural touchstones of the past like a master DJ. Lane pairs wry slice-of-life vignettes with moodily crosshatched, noir-inflected drawings. From jazz clubs and pool halls to ballparks and graveyards, from casinos and coffeehouses to back alleys and bus stops, Lane captures the uniquely raw and seedy charm of American culture. Throughout, scores of motley characters — roughed-up boxers, bleary gamblers, rowdy winos, philosophical rail riders, acrobatic fire-swallowers, femmes fatale — weave together into the rich tapestry of Tim Lane’s America.
A uniquely designed collection of images and prose, Toybox Americana, like the culture it explores, is at once meditative and brimming with life.