You didn’t ask for it, but you’ve got it! That’s right, the short-awaited book that was listed on Amazon’s top #100 in “pop culture and art” for a whole day is here!
Lester & Charlie have spent the last year searching the globe for familiar and surprising test patterns. We’ve taken the cream of the crop, digitally restored them to their original splendor, and tied them together with narrative that is sometimes whimsical, often historical and always exploring television’s big promise: Just wait, and something will happen.
What are people saying on Amazon?
“If you remember test patterns, chances are you were staying up way past your bed time!”
“I have a coffee table just so I can put it out there and tout my prescience. Though the acid trip without the acid is probably best without company.”
“For anyone who remembers staring at these images helplessly as a child — waiting for some kind of entertainment to show up — the entertainment has arrived in the form of this book.”
“And at 8.5×8.5 inches, it makes a perfect stocking stuffer for people with Elephantiasis.”
“The spirit of Lester and Charlie translates right between the covers and it is like hanging out with old friends. A must buy!”
“A ‘must’ have for all test pattern aficionados (and who isn’t, really?).”
“A wonderful coffee table book. It fits right on my coffee table.”
“That loss of self, that disintegration of psyche that happens when one dissolves into oneness with the radiant patterns from days gone by is the antidote to the contemporary force-feeding of strident voices and fried hair. Consider this book a Zen meditation to cleanse the Being’s palate of self.”
“Wait, this is just a lot of test patterns.”
And from the blogosphere:
“I didn’t even know that they were literate!” –Mock Paper Scissors
“I commend Lester & Charlie for spotlighting this little-acknowledged historic artwork. The test patterns in Please Stand By are more inventive and compelling than the vast majority of TV programs.” ~Irwin Chusid, WFMU Radio
“Check it out!” – Indie Media Weekly
“Pattern of success!” –Kenneth in the (212)
“Now here is a book that will complete any library! […] I am hoping there will be a sequel with their favorite
screen savers.” –The Political Carnival
“Stop using my image.” –Andy Warhol