Portland artist Kate Bingaman-Burt
's Obsessive Consumption (the book)
is here. Kate makes art by illustrating her daily purchases, receipts and credit card bills. Out of that came her blog—also called Obsessive Consumption
—and finally this book, which is a collection of years of these illustrations. Retail Therapist
could make some kind of trenchant socioeconomic observation about the deeper meaning of a book like this in these financially unsettled times, but that would be tedious. It's a book full of wonderful illustrations that makes you smile and think—and what's better than that? Buy this book for $19.95 and draw a picture of it afterwards. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, (503) 228-4651.