A loosely autobiographical novel inspired by an obsession for the global fashion phenomenon and brand, Supreme. David travels with his friend Camilla from New York to Japan and England to visit every Supreme store location on the globe. Supremacist is equal parts travel diary and love story for the Internet age, where a logo replaces the crucifix.
A man named David Shapiro, the creator of Pitchfork Reviews Reviews and You're Not That Much Use to Anyone, embarks on a global journey to every Supreme store in this semi-autobiographical novel. His friend Camilla isn't "doing anything in January" and agrees to go along to Los Angeles, Japan, and London, before returning to New York and then asks, "What's Supreme?" David explains it's a men's skate brand, but to him, the shops represent something more it's "like a museum" and Supreme isn't simply a brand, but a "long-term conceptual art project about capitalism, consumerism, property-as-theft, corporate destruction, ideas like that." Then he backs away from his hot take: "Everything I said was corny and didactic. I don't know exactly what Supreme is... I'm trying to figure it out." Despite the well-formed itinerary, David is adrift in alcohol and pills. Camilla is a blithe foil to his disaffected self-pity. Adding another layer of abstraction, the novel is punctuated by photographs of the Supreme products that inspire the narrator's reverence, collected by the author on a similar trip around the world. David makes for weirdly exasperating yet not unenjoyable company, and the pleasure of this story is his uncanny knowledge of his prickly appeal.
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DAVID SHAPIRO, thank you. I loved this. Idk if loving your book is reflective of who I am as a person, but seriously, thank you.
Personally, I am not a Supreme fan, but the fractured relationships, anxiety, substance abuse, depression and a sense of alienation & emptiness in a new place really resonated with me.
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