David Beck­ham

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

Hachette, 288 pages, $40 GIVEN that this book is hard­cover, it’s pretty hard to bend it like Beck­ham. English­man David Beck­ham was never the best soc­cer player in the world — far from it — but has any foot­baller ever mar­keted him­self as a celebrity so well? Here you’ll find dozens of ac­tion pho­tos of Beck­ham from a wee lad to his fi­nal days with Paris St. Ger­main, mostly in the kit of Eng­land and Manch­ester United, but also such clubs as Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy, which paid him huge bucks for his uncanny abil­ity to put a 40-yard free kick pre­cisely where he wanted. Many are arty black-and-white pho­tos with one patch of red, or what­ever colour was favoured by his club of the mo­ment. Lots of pix, too, of Beck­ham with wife Posh Spice, and of him pos­ing as a model with his shirt off, dis­play­ing his abs and tat­toos. like lit­tle sol­diers in for­ma­tion. And there’s a type­writer and an iPad, an ac­cor­dion and a full up­right pi­ano. Dis­as­sem­bling is what Cana­dian Todd McLel­lan has been do­ing since childhood. First it was his toys, taken apart with a ham­mer, but by high school, he was dis­as­sem­bling en­tire cars. For Things Come Apart, he has dis­as­sem­bled and pho­tographed 50 de­sign clas­sics. Is there a point? Well, it’s clear older ob­jects were bet­ter built and worth re­pair­ing when they broke, un­like the items we have now in the throw­away age. But, mainly, the stuff just looks re­ally cool in the pho­tos.

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