By Marc Fischer
Public Collectors, Chicago, IL, 2022
Pages: 20
Dimensions: 5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in
Cover: Paper
Binding: saddle stitched
Process: RISO
Color: Red, Black and Blue ink
Edition size: 490
ISBN: none

Public Collectors booklet #67, for those who have been counting. The interior text, which is alternately irreverent, painful, funny, and angry, is probably better experienced as a surprise so this listing is deliberately short on scans. From the back cover:

ANGELO’S ASHES -OR- TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. tells the story of how I handled the end of life arrangements for my friend Angelo. This booklet consists of a series of Facebook posts that I made in the months following Angelo’s death. I learned of his death from his landlord who had my phone number because I was Angelo’s emergency contact. Angelo did not leave a will and had no next of kin. 

I live in Chicago and Angelo died in Los Angeles. The bureaucracy of dealing with his death was intense and social media provided a place to vent as well as collect advice from friends. I did not want Angelo to receive an anonymous burial in a mass grave so I had to file an Ex Parte Petition to claim his body, have him cremated, and obtain a death certificate.

I knew Angelo for roughly 25 years. He collaborated with the group I’m part of, Temporary Services, on the project and book Prisoners’ Inventions. I was his closest and primary friend. For most of the time I knew Angelo, he was incarcerated. Two years before his death, Angelo was released from prison, in part because of my advocacy and promise to the state that I could care for him. Our friendship, until after his release when we finally met in person, was based solely on postal correspondence and a couple phone calls.

Angelo worked for the post office and dealt with prison administrators for years. He was no stranger to tedious procedures. I think he would have enjoyed this booklet. I hope my writing makes things easier for anyone else who might find themselves in a similar situation. 

 — Marc Fischer

 This publication is preceded by seven similarly-designed Public Collectors booklets that feature texts from internet sources. Those publications are: OH MANDY (2021), MOM UPDATES (2020), GRAVE PLOTS (2019), SOLD AS BLANK / POSSIBLE LOST MEDIA (2019), STRETCH IS STILL SOFT (2018), 54 HITS FROM HELL by Blake Edwards (2018), and MATALICA TICKETS (2017).

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A somewhat sad. but ultimately satisfying conclusion to the Angelo story

Bill Swislow on 17th Jul 2022

I loved Prisoners' Inventions, and this epilogue seems fitting in its way. And also educational.

Enlightening, sad, and wonderful

C. F. on 27th Jun 2022

This small publication was eye-opening to a process that should not be so difficult, especially amidst grief. Marc Fisher's testimony is honest, funny, angry at times, and overall relatable. A great companion to "Prisoner's Inventions". Definitely recommend.

Perfect Complement to Prisoners Inventions

Chris Fremantle on 17th Jun 2022

If you want to understand the blurring of Art and life, don't buy this - it's just about life, death and bureaucracy. Marc Fischer's collected posts from Fb can be summed up by the description of two hours spent in a Bank Manager's office whilst they are on hold to their own beneficiary services. The Bank Manager even leaves Marc to deal with the call on a couple of occasions. Spoiler alert Beneficiary services don't take calls. Beckett would have loved it.