Happy Failure by George Pendle

Published by Karma (2014)
188 Pages, 23 x 16 cm, Paperback, Edition of 500

Happy Failure is a collection of essays on art and culture telling stories of the journeys through the heights and lows of individuals who were constantly challenged yet prospered in their endeavours. From the disastrous stunts of Evel Knievel to the perpetual ruins of William Beckford, from Andy Warhol’s unlike lookalike to the insincere suicidal urgings of the lemming, is failure, as Gore Vidal once wrote, “the condiment that gives success its flavor,” or can it be appreciated as a main course in it’s own right?