A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer (2013, Goff Books). The novel includes 101 books within it all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. This video provides a glimpse into Bleu Mobley’s 14th book, Precipice.
Soon after the birth of their first daughter, Bleu and his wife Aconsha move from their Lower East Side walkup to a split-level rental house on Long Island that was listed WATER VIEW, though you could only see the faraway swath of the blue-gray Long Island Sound in the winter when the leaves were down, and only if you stood on the toilet in the upstairs bathroom and pressed your head against the window. Riddled with mixed feelings about living in the suburbs, Bleu writes Precipice, a cautionary novel set at a time in the not-so-distant future when oil supplies have peaked in the Middle East and America finds itself thoroughly unprepared. With nowhere else to turn for its oil fix, and hardly any back-up systems in place, most suburban localities are imploding. Despite pleas for calm by politicians, chaos reigns. The few pockets of hope—community villages sprouting up in abandoned superstores.
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Animation by Warren Lehrer in collaboration with Brandon Campbell, Mark T. Saintonge and Jillian Egan.