5 — Print
October-November 2013

the five "stages," and an introduction.

"5" is a six-part book that juxtaposes two conversations embroiled in the issues of drugs and incarceration and organizes them into Elizabeth Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief:

1. denial
2. anger
3. bargaining
4. depression
5. acceptance.

 

I used my own handwriting to create the background text.

The body text comprises of the first conversation: an interview of prison inmate Antwaun Wells and his prison guard Lt. Dooley from This American Life episode "The View From In Here" (Act 1: The Weeds of Discontent). The second conversation, the exchange between a suspected drug user and a police officer at the scene of an arrest, plays a larger role in the book; it demonstrates the belligerence, aggression, and tragedy of deeply rooted misunderstandings between the two sides fighting the "war on drugs." This conversation is spliced together from various clips from Eugene Jarecki's documentary "The House I Live In." 

By juxtaposing the two and organizing them into chapters based on the five stages of grief, I attempted to contrast the surprisingly quiet and civil nature of the conversation between Antwaun and Dooley with the loud aggression typically found at the scene of an arrest.

 

The louder conversation shouts in the composition, while the quiet interview from This American Life remains small, and background information is given in white on yellow.

 
Choice quotes were rendered in handmade type to draw attention and establish a better emotional connection to readers.

Choice quotes were rendered in handmade type to draw attention and establish a better emotional connection to readers.