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We Have the Great Discontent / Joel Evey


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For over 3 decades, John Shahidi has been dispensing an eclectic mix of printed matter from his unassuming storefront in West Philadelphia. Stocking publications of every topic and persuasion, Avril 50 is an unexpected delight to those who happen upon it, and for others it’s a regular destination to find the printed matter they can’t find elsewhere. For years, Shahidi has announced inventory acquisitions to his followers via Avril 50's Facebook page; these read like strange run-on poems, their nonsensical syntaxes recalling Dadaist techniques employed to “[free] the unconscious from the domination of reason and tradition.” This book presents content posted by Avril 50 between 2014 and 2016, curated and typeset by graphic designer Joel Evey.

Designed and conceived by Joel Evey

Published by Actual Source, 2017

Softcover, 48 pages, Coptic Stitch binding, b&w with two 2-color color spreads, 6.5 × 9 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9970590-3-8