The second edition of tearing at thoughts is now available. It’s been over three years since the limited edition sold out and an explanation for this, as well as a piece setting the context for tearing at thoughts is included in the second edition. When tearing at thoughts was published by 79 rat press as part of NOTHING TO SAY, I mentioned it was the most beautiful thing I have written, which does appear at odds to the contents of the book. For tearing at thoughts is not an easy read, but I feel a rewarding one. tearing at thoughts is an exploration of how our actions, labelling and relationships effect one another and ourselves, where differences appear to be something to fear rather than embrace and where to be ourselves is a risk. It is about awakening to the sense of who we can be rather than continuing to perpetrate the deception we live by and appear to accept without question or fight.
Nominated for the Guardian First Book Award 2013
“Andy Harrod fuses media more perfectly than any other writer in the UK today. Blending art, photography, conceptual typography, poetry and prose with a musical sensibility that earworms its way inside you as you read, spending time with this collection is like watching in horror and amazement a skilled surgeon take the top off your head and lay every part of your mind out in front of you. It is impossible to read this book without coming away with a profoundly changed sense of yourself.” 79 rat press, publisher of the limited edition first edition
“The tone is so intimate that, at times, the reader can feel like a voyeur, like they should look away but can’t. … This is a book that requires to be engaged with and revisited. You need to read, reflect and then return. Revisiting and further pondering will be rewarded as more and more of what Harrod is saying becomes more and more apparent. … The book is beautiful in its brevity and it is packed full of very human truth.” Anne Stormont, Guardian First Book Award 2013 Nomination
“An unapologetically candid exploration of the workings of a mind – or series of minds – turning over experiences that are rarely talked about in public. There’s a real openness about the way these collections are put together – a careful DIY layering of a variety of media in order to build a human picture that is as honest as it is unflinching. … Interestingly, Harrod’s blog is titled ‘decoding static’, and this is just what this collection attempts to do – to forge a path through the noise of a disturbed mind, exploring every diversion and dead end. … A bold collection, and a passionate one.” Rosie Breese, Sabotage Reviews
“This is not so much a book as a work of art. … The book is wonderfully presented, but what’s really innovative is the content. … Organised, beautiful chaos. … It’s a book to read by dipping into it, or by reading the chaos of emotion and living all in one go. … Go read it.” Richard Pierce, author of Dead Men