A Field Guide to the North American Family is both a traditional codex book and a collaborative website. Together, they offer a multifaceted, multimedia, and (above all) collaborative look at the way we live now.
The book, a novella by Garth Risk Hallberg, tracks two families through the wilderness of modern life. The story unfolds in 63 entries, each comprising a chapter of text and a visual artists response to the entrys title: Adolescence, Boredom, Chemistry
. Alphabetical headings and cross-referenced design enable users to read the Field Guide straight through, to peruse it as they would a nonfiction reference work, or to move through the narrative as they see fit.
The website, afieldguide.com, invites users to document their own encounters with the North American Family. Visual artists uploading to the website may also choose to have their images considered for the print edition. Responses to the Field Guides 63 tags will form the basis of this networked, open-ended resource for anyone studying the North American Family
or merely surviving it.
Notre Dame Review Issue #23
Cover Photograph by Catherine Gass from the "Faulty Diction" series
The Notre Dame Review is an independent, non-commercial magazine of contemporary American and international fiction, poetry, criticism and art. Our goal is to present a panoramic view of contemporary art and literature - no one style is advocated over another. We are especially interested in work that takes on big issues by making the invisible seen, that gives voice to the voiceless - work that gives message form through aesthetic experience.