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Smoke This Book, and Other News

September 8, 2014 | by

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The novelist Martha Baillie turned her book into installation art. Photo via Publishers Weekly

  • In praise of the footnote1: “Many readers, and perhaps some publishers, seem to view endnotes, indexes, and the like as gratuitous dressing—the literary equivalent of purple kale leaves at the edges of the crudités platter. You put them there to round out and dignify the main text, but they’re too raw to digest, and often stiff … Still, the back matter is not simply a garnish. Indexes open a text up. Notes are often integral to meaning, and, occasionally, they’re beautiful, too.”
  • One way of arguing for the necessity of print: “Rather than stand on a street corner yelling, ‘Literature is not commodity!’ I decided to inflict a series of physical experiments on my published work, to take several copies of the new book, go at them with my hands, and see what might result. I stripped the book of its cover, bought a pouch of tobacco, tore the pages, rolled the words.”
  • Among the many treasures of the Bodleian Libraries: “A bivalve locket with locks of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s hair. ‘Blessed are the eyes that saw him alive,’ an inscription reads in Latin.”
  • Metaphor is actually a fundamental constituent of language … In the seemingly literal statement ‘He’s out of sight,’ the visual field is metaphorized as a container that holds things … Ordinary language is saturated with metaphors. Our eyes point to where we’re going, so we tend to speak of future time as being ‘ahead’ of us. When things increase, they tend to go up relative to us, so we tend to speak of stocks ‘rising’ instead of getting more expensive.”
  • Really, though, if humanity discovered evidence of extraterrestrial life, could we be expected to behave ourselves? “There might be happiness and celebration to mark the end of isolation, or the news might be met with a shrug. But human nature suggests it’s more probable that this discovery triggers a chain of events that lead to utter disaster. Suddenly your safe haven is threatened by an unknown ‘them.’ Your time-tested principles of governance and social order are put under pressure. Gossip, rumor, and conjecture will gnaw away at your stable home.”

1. And the endnote, too.

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Into the Woods

November 26, 2013 | by

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Book sculptures by Su Blackwell.

 

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Under Cover

August 9, 2013 | by

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Seattle artist James Allen creates “Book Excavations” by cutting away layers of pages.

 

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A Tsunami of Pages, #OccupyGaddis

June 20, 2012 | by

Guy Laramee’s paper landscapes.

A cultural news roundup.

  • Want to know the books Whitey Bulger would have taken to the grave?
  • Paper landscapes, a tsunami of pages—this is extreme editing.
  • Be Kind to Books Club. Some propaganda never gets old.
  • Self-promotion knows no boundaries.
  • “You can’t turn Infinite Jest into a two-hour play. You can’t put it on a conventional stage. And you can’t send your audience away without at least a small dose of pain.”
  • A giant squid invades Paris in Fiona Apple’s new music video.
  • R.I.P. Gitta Sereny.
  • The conspiracy is alive: find a Thomas Pynchon “Trystero” near you.
  • Twilight is not an acceptable nomination.
  • Paging Jonathan Franzen. #OccupyGaddis begins now!
  • Flannery O’Connor reads “A Good Man is Hard to Find” in a rare 1959 recording.
  • What happens when you leave a group of boys around art? The sculptor Eva Rothschild finds out.

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