Illustrator Brian J. Smith did me the tremendous honor of creating this fabulous, detailed illustration inspired by my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which turned ten this year. He hid all kinds of great little gracenotes in it, too -- tons of characters from the book and from the Disney parks.
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Cory’s punkishness comes out it the rejection of ideals and the assertion of equivalency of experience. His characters are invested in maintaining an artificial world (Disneyworld) because there’s no point in investing yourself in the real one, less than no point really, because Disneyworld pays off in the only currency that means anything in the long run…what other people think of you. Yes, Cory puts forth (though possibly to show its weakness) that people who need people are the luckiest people in the world…and though it may be a a small world, after all, it’s one where we’re going to have lot of time on our hands.
Paperback ISBN: 076530953X