Praise for Mostly True
"In short, this is a cultural anthropologist’s delight. The world we’re allowed a glimpse of is a subculture complete with its own language and social mores. You can learn if someone’s an “oogle” or a “Flintstone,” about the “hard riders” and the “shovelheads,” and enjoy eclectic euphemisms like “caught the westbound” when someone passes on." –Justin, Poopsheet Foundation
"Ultimately, Mostly True introduces and acquaints us to yet another historical origin point of graffiti and public writing. In the age of endless and vacuous graffiti coffee table books with no written content and no sense of history beyond 1980s NYC subway cars (if that...), this is a massive breath of fresh air." –Justseeds Artist Collective
Daniel has crafted a remarkable book, full of obscure railroad nostalgia—the result of a 25 year obsession with hobo and railworker folklore. Freight riding stories, interviews with hobos and boxcar artists, historical oddities and tons of photos of modern day boxcar tags are all presented in the guise of a vintage rail fanzine.
SUBJECT: Art and Design / Graffiti / History / Microcosm Published / Transportation / Travel
PUBLICATION: Sep 8, 2020
FORMAT: 192 pages, 6x9", paperback
ART: B&W illustration
Bill Daniel has spent four decades in art production and countercultural participation, spanning documentary, folklore, amateur archive, and DIY cultural practices. Proclaiming a “folk poetics of survivalism,” Daniel aspires to fuse punk values with a quest for hybrid forms of cultural expression and deployment in his films, photography, and itinerant exhibitions.
A small, innovative publishing house, Microcosm Publishing specializes in work designed to make the reader feel good about being alive, take an active role in bettering their life, and impact the world around them. Microcosm has developed a reputation for teaching self-empowerment, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, politics, and art. Our books are printed in the USA.