ANATOMY of a BOOK:
Book Cover & Title
MEANING & ORIGIN of TITLE
The book’s title “BIPOLAR BUFFALO”
is a reference to the author, the city,
the animal and to the bifurcated literary structure of the book.
But its primary meaning is ontological, metaphysical – the essence of things, the nature of being.
The book title’s origin goes back to a talk with Native Americans during a game of pool in Oregon in the 1960s - How early white people saw the American Bison compared to how seen by early Native Americans.
There is nothing innate, nothing intrinsically "good" or "bad" about the animal. Yet humans make judgments upon that being ....... or persons,or places, or events - done so with the limited personal/cultural baggage humans carry.
The book's implicit content is about judgments and more specifically, pre-judgments (prejudice). Being Bipolar, or Black, or Red, or Jewish, or Polish,or coming from Buffalo,or from the working class, or any "underdog"– how we see and are seen.
Evolution of the book's subtitle:
"A MOSAIC of MINDS JOURNEY"
The 'Mosaic" concept & book format goes back to making a mosaic platter in Occupational Therapy after the author's breakdown in 1961 .
BUFFALO STATE ASYLUM for the INSANE (1960s)
with Gray Matter
MEANING & ORIGIN
of Book Cover "ART"
My design of the Red, Black & White "Mosaic" book cover
Mania/aliveness, Depression/deadness, and the Innocence of Childhood.
The book cover idea goes back to 8th grade when a Nun introduced Modern Art to her non-art, working -class students. One of which was this one:
BROADWAY BOOGIE BOOGIE
by Piet Mondrian
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