You tell people that you’re working really hard on things these days
Deb Sokolow can spin an epic tale. The story You tell people you’re working really hard on things these days is peppered with stray cats, Mexican drug lords, and a sculptor working as a butcher for the Chicago mob. Sokolow sets the stage in the top left panel with a sketch of the converted warehouse where her studio is located. The outline of the floor plan sprawls across the other four panels. The loose narrative begins at the bottom left with an intimidating character she dubbed “Richard Serra”—a playful jab at the renowned, impassive Minimalist sculptor. Sokolow (or her adopted persona) explains, more or less, how disgruntled United States Postal Service workers are successfully trafficking cocaine within view of her studio window. The text scattered throughout the drawing narrates the “factual” events while a less reliable narrator (writing in red ink) obsesses about worst-case scenarios, continually undermining the protagonist’s decisions and observations.
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