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Ben Katchor
The Plague Years
Drawing from "Hotel & Farm", 2000
Courtesy the artist © 2001

In Hotel and Farm, which has been appearing in the Forward since 2000, the narrative switches weekly between urban and rural environments. At hotels in the fictional Echoic City, every private moment has the potential to become public spectacle. No longer symbolizing the rural heartland, the farms at the city’s edge cater to the frozen and canned-food market.