Created for the November 2016 issue of The Bellingham Review, "Abra: The Kinetic Page" is a polymorphic tour de force - online prose poem, video, review of and homage to an installation at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA, in 2014 and a promotion of the artists' book Abra: The Living Book by Kate Durbin, Amaranth Borsuk and Ian... Continue Reading →
Last year 2015 was the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius, publisher of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili -"Poliphilo's Dream of Strife with Love" -(1499). To mark the start of the second half millennium of the evolving book, we have an untitled online work as erudite, vulgar and almost bewildering appearing on Reddit ("the front page... Continue Reading →
On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of Weproductions, Brandon Graham interviewed by Helen Douglas in 2011. The podcast provided by Bookbinding Now is available here and is a companion piece to Journal of Artist Books, No. 30. Douglas's comments on the concertina or leporello form reveal the impact of Proust and Chinese scrolls on her use of it,... Continue Reading →
Anthony Bourdain, the American chef and television personality, has a series called Raw Craft on YouTube in which The Balvenie Distillery funds his visits and interviews to celebrate craftsmen and craftswomen. The fifth in the series takes Bourdain to meet with Andrew Hoyem, master typographer and printer of Arion Press. One of the last of... Continue Reading →
Leah Price - Harvard professor and author - has more than a bit of fun in her online course called "Book Sleuthing" in the EdX massive online open course (MOOC). Price's imagination overcomes the clunky Mirador tech and screen nav and comes wonderfully close to making the digital experience a haptic one.
Ida Gerhardt (1905-1997, Dutch). A well-loved poet of the last century. In English the title is somewhere between "inalienable" and "freehold", and the poem begins This will not be taken from us: reading Breathlessly the page turning, Far away, far from the everyday.
In "The Scholarly Kitchen", Joseph Esposito writes: "I suspect that the multiple narratives of Pears’s fiction will someday find an analogue in expository writing that enables intersections of one theme or thread with another, which would provide, as it were, a new form of discovery." Perhaps that "analogue" is already here for the scholarly article... Continue Reading →
Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the futility of the scale of big data. Mandiberg has written software that parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database and programmatically lays out thousands of volumes, complete with covers, and then uploads them... Continue Reading →
In her note in BookRiot, Nikki Steele takes Brian Dettmer's TED talk remark that books are created to relate to our human scale and builds on it elegantly, if all too briefly, by bringing together the installation works "Literature versus Traffic", "Scanner", "Book Cell", "Singularity", "Biographies" and "Contemporaries". She's not the first to provide a Pinterest-... Continue Reading →