Bookmarking the Objectification of the Book

The book as object is not new.  Think of Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. What might be remarkable -- or book-markable -- is whether the surge in objectifying the book through sumptuous illumination, miniaturization or the creation of book art occurs at definitive moments of shifting media.  One-off illuminated manuscripts preceded the... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking a Book Burning – II

Ferris Jabr's article "The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens" in Scientific American (April 11, 2013) revisits the themes raised in Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid mentioned in the previous posting.   Jabr highlights much insightful writing on the neuroscience of reading, on which more in a bit.  He begins,... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Mandy Brannan

London's 30 St Mary Axe is fondly referred to as "The Gherkin," which a glimpse of the building on the skyline proves unmistakeably appropriate.  Mandy Brannan's bookwork homage to The Gherkin is as architecturally intricate as the building's cladding, and somehow more satisfying, perhaps because it's less pickled. Architecture: Reflections: 30 St Mary Axe Chine Colle... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Heather Hunter

"Environmental memories," not just of places but of cherished objects held in the hand, are Hunter's chief inspiration, and the design of her bookworks is intended through touch, reading and exploration to evoke in the reader "unique feelings that become the reader's own environmental memory."  Her artistic and literary influences and inspirations are an interesting... Continue Reading →

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