"Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world—when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life.”
―Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man
“An artistic ode to a way of life that people now living in New York City might never experience."
Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
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Tamara Shopsin's Arbitrary Stupid Goal, is a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos.
With clever illustrations, photographs and graphics, and told in an elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life.