PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CAMPER IS SECURE: GILBERTON, PA. PLEASE MAKE SURE... by Alex Roth
115mm x 175mm, 152 pages, black risograph printed with interspersed full colour pages, perfect bound, 2019
‘A compilation of writings, photos, and ephemera from the past ten years as Alex lived and made work in an unknown part of the coal belt called Gilberton (population: 733).
Reading Please Make Sure Your Camper is Secure is for me, at moments, like reading Michel de Certeau’s “Walking in the City,” or Guy Debord’s Psychogeographic Guide to Paris. At other times it is like the best moments from Annie Dillard’s Teaching a Stone to Talk, or the various atlases of Rebecca Solnit. But at bottom it reminds me, and is as thrilling and troubling, as Jayne Anne Phillips’ Black Tickets or Joan Didion’s The White Album. Ultimately, comparisons fall short of describing just what this book is and who Alex is as a person and artist.
—David Griffith, from the foreword'