A Primate Guide

Bill Burns, Two Boiler Suits and a Playlist: A Primate Guide (yyz Books: 2010)

This elegant 52-page artists’ book describes the personal items such as food, toiletries and clothing given to prisoners interned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as some of the music played to them, often at high volumes and for extended periods of time. This edition is part of Burns’ trilogy exploring animals and civil society, which also includes Bird Radio (2007), a work that describes how to recreate the songs of birds in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, and Chechnya, and the Flora and Fauna Information Service: 0.800 OFAUNAOFLORA, (2008), which describes how to help preserve and protect plants in the same region.

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