This transatlantic collaboration between artists Norman Conquest and Michael Leigh—IT’S FUN TO BE RICH IN AMERICA—is an unabashed celebration of vulture capitalism. As the third book in our Virtual Field Warp series, it’s crammed with full color art the likes of which you‘ve never seen. It’s available in a lovely saddle-stitched printed edition perfect for the coffee table.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE OUT-OF-PRINT DIGITAL EDITION:
“Imagine a book celebrating the top 1% of our society, written by them and for them. The book would further many wonderful assumptions that the 1% seem to hold dear. The obvious fact that wealth is better than poverty leads to a logical declaration of a war on poverty. Thus the best way to eradicate poverty is to eradicate the poor. The collages and their messages in It’s Fun to Be Rich in America underscore the war in wonderful ways. To the 1%, the 99% are mere ants in an ant farm. To the rich, invention is a tool to protect the haves from the have nots: for example, “crypto-rubberwear lets you walk among the riff-raff with your head held high.” Undoubtedly this book would have garnered the highest praise from Thurston Howell III, though it contains no noblesse oblige to please Lovey. That the book is even available to the hoi polloi is either a miracle or a mistake. Perhaps someone thought it satirical.” —Eckhard Gerdes
“Conquest/Leigh’s satirical collages are keen-witted, handsomely composed and they have teeth. They resemble an odd coupling of Grosz-Heartfield and René Magritte, with a virulent Norman Rockwell tossed in the mix. It’s the sort of satire you can laugh yourself to death with.” —Harold Jaffe
“A friend in New Orleans told me recently that the U.S. wasn’t a country, but a business, ‘and we’re ruled by bad motherfuckers.’ I find Conquest & Leigh’s savage satire equally eloquent and to the point. These guys are masterful collagists, and It’s Fun to Be Rich in America is a great, goddamn, brilliant, sorrowful book.”
FIRST RESPONDERS: Comments from readers in the USA:
“Wow . . . I just had a brief look . . . but quite amazing . . . both hilarious and deeply disturbing . . . “
You can order a copy here.