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roswell mentioned in the washington post [Jul. 28th, 2007|08:21 am]
kyle cassidy
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I kid you not, peoples. (Hello to everyone at the Post, btw)

ARMED AMERICA Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes By Kyle Cassidy | Krause. 208 pp. $30


Several of the staff photographers at The Washington Post are fans of a shooter (photographer, that is) named Kyle Cassidy. His photo-a-week blog, kylecassidy.com, has many comforting close-ups of sandwiches (mostly veggies on just-right toast) and of his cat, Roswell. His gallery shows and fashion photos, on the other hand, revolve around levitating bodies, bloody-lipped goths and dominatrices.

Now Cassidy has put out a coffee table book that combines in every image the ordinary and the bizarre, the comforting and the unnerving. Over the course of two years, he traveled 15,000 miles to take these pictures of shooters (gun owners, that is) in their homes. They pose with their Stoeger Condor 12-gauges, Mossberg 590s, Mini Uzi SMGs, Glock 26s and AK-47s. And also with their chef's tunics, teddy bears and silk flower arrangements. A lot seem to have cats.

Cassidy asked each subject the same question: "Why do you own a gun?" Their answers are next to their pictures, without comment. The result is highly political, even polemical. The question is, in which direction? Each picture in Armed America could be a pro-gun advertisement -- or an anti-gun poster. That's what makes the book so riveting.

-- Alan Cooperman

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 01:37 pm (UTC)
behold -- the power of roswell.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2007-07-28 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yay! Happy review! Maybe the shout-out to Roz will help in the evaluation of your next-book proposal.
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[User Picture]From: ne_today
2007-07-28 01:17 pm (UTC)
First off: Man, how exciting is all this coverage?

Second: I is jellis that no one is going to be this interested in MY book.

Third: Are they ever gonna get sick of the shooter/"hahaha, we mean photographer" line?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 01:35 pm (UTC)
1) This one was pretty exciting, because it just came out of the blue. I was like "sweet barking cheese!" when I saw it. The ones I know are coming out for months in advance are a bit less exciting.

2) Not true -- just add kittens.

3) Everybody thinks it up on their own, I'll wager so probably never. And my publisher started it off by saying I had "an arsenal of lenses".
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[User Picture]From: fala_redwing
2007-07-28 01:32 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic.

Do you want me to see if I can get my hands on a print edition for you?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 01:36 pm (UTC)
if you see one -- it's in the Arts and Living section in Books -- it's dated Sunday July 29 -- I'm not sure if that means it's being printed tomorrow (why scoop yourself on the web?) or if the sunday edition comes out on saturdays.
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[User Picture]From: gandryyne
2007-07-28 01:44 pm (UTC)
The perfect way to start a Cooking With Roswell buzz! Hee!

Congratulations on all of your book success, btw. :)
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[User Picture]From: lillyflowers
2007-07-28 01:45 pm (UTC)
We always knew that Roswell's fame would eclipse yours;-)

The press you are receiving is wonderful. As is what I've seen of the book.
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2007-07-28 01:49 pm (UTC)
And this is why my photo book uses the shot of Eav with Roswell. Eav AND Roswell? Who the hell's looking at the corsets, right? WOOT!

How IS Eav, btw?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ha, I saw Eav backstage at Catwalk Tragedy the other week -- she said "I don't know if you remember me, but you photographed me a year ago." And I staired right into her face and said "I have no idea who you are. Are you sure?" And she said "Yes, in your studio." And I was baffled then she went on to describe the shoot and I was like "Are you Eav?" -- she grew out her hair, and dyed it red and it was in a pony tail and she had some Mrs. Beasley glasses on. She looks completely different.
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[User Picture]From: alphaloria
2007-07-28 02:11 pm (UTC)
how does roswell feel about the media attention?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 02:26 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: geekers
2007-07-28 02:26 pm (UTC)
What did your other kitties have to say about Roswell getting all of the media attention?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 02:29 pm (UTC)
Momcat1: "I'm sitting on this spot on the carpet."

Tatty: "Yaay! Let's play!"

Milla: "Stay in the bathroom. Did I say you could come out? Don't let me see you again. I gave you a carpet, its in there. Not out here."

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[User Picture]From: alison_chains
2007-07-28 03:38 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: hoppytoad79
2007-07-28 03:40 pm (UTC)
Roswell's famous! *G*
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[User Picture]From: oregongirl
2007-07-28 04:03 pm (UTC)
Awww! That is seriously VERY cool!

It's hard to believe, just from looking at her now, that little Roswell had such a difficult start to life. Now, she's a well fed celebrity!

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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2007-07-28 04:14 pm (UTC)
Roswell mentioned before the ostensible subject of the review -- very cool!
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[User Picture]From: yagathai
2007-07-28 04:18 pm (UTC)
It is a cruel, unjust world in which Roswell is more famous than I am.
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From: scattereddark
2007-07-28 04:47 pm (UTC)
Only in your opinion. :)
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From: chuck_h
2007-07-28 04:29 pm (UTC)


Great!!! Now I have to get a coffee table...
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-07-28 04:34 pm (UTC)

Re: book

four of the 20 copy crates of my books would make an excellent coffee table if stacked one atop the other.
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