The Pickle Index is a short novel published in three simultaneous, stand-alone editions: a crazy, innovative slipcased double-hardcover, an immersive, serialized app for iPhone/iPad, and a handsome paperback from FSG Originals. All three were launched on November 3, 2015.
A dysfunctional circus attempting an unlikely prison break. Knife throwers. Ominous fortresses. Angry mimes. Snack festivals. Morose contortionists. Guillotines. Smiling journalists. Lonely young women. Lingering hope. Incompetence. Desperation. Funny disguises.
You are not supposed to do anything. Each edition is designed to stand entirely on its own, exploring the unique possibilities of each form: interconnected paintings, handsome woodcuts, tentacled endpapers, dynamic maps, constant surveillance, etc. There are different pleasures to be gained from each format, and each reader has his or her own preferred reading style.
Or are you asking if buying multiple copies of all three editions will make you a better person? It might.
The Pickle Index is a collaboration between Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn, plus art by Ian Huebert. It was written, programmed, and designed largely in small buildings surrounded by redwoods, as well as various coffeeshops of San Francisco.
Sudden Oak published the app and hardcover.
The paperback is published by FSG Originals.