Ben Katchor has such unique views of urban life. Here he draws the parallel of how the durability of prison construction is eventually adopted by the outside world.
Tamper-proof toilets and sinks.
Detention grade mattresses with welded seams.
My favorite part is when a released prisoner recognizes the riot-proof seating in waiting room.
In a webcomic from the September 2013 issue of Metropolis, Katchor draws another parallel with prison life and studio apartment life:
We all can tend to follow the same routines every day. Do these routines put us into a sort of prison? Shine some light into your life and mix things up a bit. Drive a different way to work. Stop and take photos of sidewalk cracks. Or give Katchor’s books a try on Amazon. He has a very quirky and quiet perspective on the subtleties of living in a city.
- Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories
- The Cardboard Valise
- Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay, with Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer