A bookmark for letters “outside themselves”

Ecstatic Alphabets, Heaps of Language - Art - Domus. In his review in Domus, Zachary Sachs describes this MoMA exhibition which "courses through the history of twentieth-century art animated by language and language given artistic form."   The works of art "tease apart the connection between sign and signified through modes of interruption largely inspired by... Continue Reading →

A bookmark for Norma Levarie, The Art & History of Books (New York, 1968)

Norma Levarie (1920-1999) was a graphic designer and author of  children's books, one a winner of a New York Herald Tribune award -- Little People in a Big Country.   But, in addition to her design work for the National Audubon Society, The Jewish Museum, The University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, Random House... Continue Reading →

Do I contradict myself? Very well then . . .

William H. Gass's books Finding a Form and Reading Rilke demonstrate over and over that one of this author's great qualities is his ability, as Daniel Mendelsohn put it, to leave you "feeling more human." Gass is also revered for his 1999 essay, “A Defense of the Book," which is why David Streitfeld interviewed Gass for a New... Continue Reading →

Ads In Books: 1884? Try 960-1279, Sung China!

Ads In Books: 1884. In 1973 in an article in The Library Quarterly and in her 1979 dissertation, Mingshen Pan (or Ming-Sun Poon) concludes from her examination of books during the Sung period that the colophon gradually changed in form, content, design, and placement,  demonstrating an increasing use of the colophon as an advertisement of the... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking “imposition” – the craft of learning by doing

Under the blog name "Wynken de Worde," Sarah Werner  writes about books, early modern culture, and those of us who may be postmodern readers -- when she is not preparing the syllabus for her course at the Folger Shakespeare Library.   Wynken (not related to Blynken or Nod) was the primary assistant to William Caxton... Continue Reading →

Richard Macmanus on “Medium” from Evan Williams and Biz Stone

We're witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged. So writes Richard Macmanus at ReadWriteWeb about a new platform for Web... Continue Reading →

Bookmark for your browser or your ereader? | Updating the debate — the cloud gathers

The original posting (20120815) begins beneath the image.  The updates are flagged below.     Somewhat similar to the discussion kicked off by Jason Pontin in Technology Review, this collection of viewpoints pulled together by Anna Lewis of ValoBox for The Bookseller's digital blog FutureBook puts the case for HTML5 over the app/device. ". .... Continue Reading →

Ebook Timeline Updated: 20140201

Ebook Timeline Updated - 20140201 Here's a previously missed infographic for the evolution of the book - a bit skeletal but with the elegance of the format. And while we are at it, let's add some bibliographic and webographic "evolution" entries: Chris Armstrong's article "Books in a Virtual World: The evolution of the e-book and its lexicon",... Continue Reading →

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