Author(s): Paglen Trevor
The critically acclaimed study of the dark side of the US military returns in paperback, featuring 70 military shoulder patches to reveal a secret world of military imagery and jargon, where classified projects are known by peculiar names ('Goat Suckers', 'None of Your Fucking Business', 'Tastes Like Chicken') and illustrated with occult symbols and ridiculous cartoons. Although the actual projects represented here (such as the notorious Area 51) are classified, these patches - which are worn by military units working on classified missions - hint at a world which is kept hidden.
Praise for Trevor Paglen and I COULD TELL YOU. . .
" Gives readers a peek into the shadows . . . Department of Defense spokesman Bob Mehal told "Newsweek "that it 'would not be prudent to comment on what patches did or did not represent classified units.' That's OK. Some mysteries are more fun when they stay unsolved."
--Karen Pinchin, "Newsweek"
"An art book that presents peculiar shoulder patches created for the weird and top secret programs funded by the Pentagon's black budget... an achievement."
--Timothy Buckwalter, "San Francisco Chronicle"
" Some of the worst crimes in the American landscape are hiding in plain sight, and nobody has ever pursued them more thoroughly or explained them more chillingly and engagingly than Trevor Paglen. What he is doing is important, fascinating, and groundbreaking."
--Rebecca Solnit, author of "Wanderlust"
" The iconography of the United States military. Not the mainstream military, with its barsg