Everyone We Know

Everyone We Know

The text in the series Everyone We Know was collected from the front pages of newspapers. Examples such as “President-elect”, “a strong ally”, “thousands of homeowners,” “a new breed of swindler,” “a girl who looked about 18,” and “opera lovers” are descriptors of people. By isolating the descriptor from the person or persons it describes, the words become inclusive–we can find everyone we know in these words, even ourselves. The descriptors can be both broad and individual, both objective and personal. And yet, descriptors like “most Americans” can also feel oddly exclusionary.

July 25, 2011, 8:00 pm NYT

the nation
the half brother
the man

extremists
babies
many people

your friends
the suspect
many people

journalists

Sat, 11/12/2011 — NYT

lawyers and advocates
immigrants
those who should be allowed to stay

contractors
the driver
everyone

candidates
protestors
members of congress

an American astronaut
a champion of breast cancer research

customers
industry groups
Republicans

farmers
scholars
an ex-lobbyist
a single mom

“Desktop, 03/19/2012, 23:10PM”

Original “innocents” file

“Desktop, 02/25/2012, 20:23PM”

Original “officials” file

“Desktop, 01/29/2012, 20:23PM”

Original “others” file

NEW PRESIDENTS

NEW PRESIDENTS

NEW PRESIDENTS

From the Front Page, 2009