Monday, June 16th, 2008
Serious, diehard, ohmygodIlovedcamp camp people—you know who you are—are devoted storytellers. When we learned that Roger Bennett and Jules Shell’s new book, Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Meets Lord of the Flies, was a crowdsourced camp book with contributions from AJ Jacobs (an apology to a camp mate he tortured), Rodney Rothman (the places he goes ain’t pretty, but he’s funny), and Ivan Reitman (the only man alive who can say, “I directed the first Meatballs“) we knew SMITH needed a piece of it. We gleefully greet the end of the school year and the start of camp season by posting the quintessential camp piece with the quintessentially embarrassing photos, Molly Rosen’s It’s a Hard Knock Life.
Camp Camp comes from the characters behind The Academy of the Recent Past, a media collective that Bennett says, “is inspired by tales of the ordinary to tell the stories of who we are and how we got to be this way.” The Academy previously released the book, Bar Mitzvah Disco, and have big plans for multigenerational stories about ping pong and garage bands. In fact, if you’ve got a story about your music journey, head to Tried to Rock, get your jam on, and maybe land in a new book. Once-and-forever pubescent Jews, campers, and rockers all have stories that need to be told. And we salute you.