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14 Apr 2011
This amazing exhibition by Richard Wentworth is called "False Ceiling". (via)





I wouldn't mind having that in my room. Imagine, a ceiling full of things I love! Heaven.


13 Apr 2011


1. W.H. Auden’s 1956 New York Times review of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King. "It’s a fantastic review that defends Tolkien’s literary authenticity against his many haters, using Erich Auerbach’s groundbreaking work Mimesis as a central arguing point."

2. Letter from David Lehman: The New School Establishes the Paul Violi Poetry Prize. "Robert Polito (who directs the New School's Writing Program) and I are happy to make it official: We're establishing the Paul Violi Poetry Prize at the New School. We will give out an award annually to the most deserving poetry student in the New School Writing Program, where Paul was a much loved presence."

3. Found in Translation [by Stephanie Paterik]. "“To write in Slovenian is to write in fragility,” poet Aleš Šteger said at a New School poetry forum on March 29. He was speaking of his fractured native language...Šteger is something of a poetry rock star in Central Europe – he has the awards and the haircut to prove it. He published his first book at age 22 in 1995, and Slovenia promptly heralded him as one of its most promising writers. Since then, he has written four books of poems, a fictional travelogue, and a collection of lyric essays."

4. The Wing on a Flea. "The Wing on a Flea: A Book about Shapes. Ed Emberley ~ Little Brown, 1961. Ed Emberley has taught thousands of children how to draw over the years, including my high school boyfriend who painted this dragon on a rock for me on my 16th birthday. (Romantic, no?) And let's not the Drummer Hoff who fired it off. But in this, his first book, he takes kids on the journey of shapes, finding them in all sorts of random places, that in sum make up the whole, wide world."

5. Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird. "For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on Earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfold world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and how to die."



12 Apr 2011
What happens when a library gets creative?

You get amazing work like this one:



This is a garage art at a libary in Kansas City,MO. Amazing, isn't it? (via)


11 Apr 2011
Does one have to win? In my opinion, yes. And that's books. As much as I like ebooks, they don't offer me the same satisfaction as real books. And as digital readers become more prevalent, I am also more vigilant and determined than ever to keep books alive.


(via Newsweek)


10 Apr 2011


09 Apr 2011
This is so dreamy. Here's a book installation on the Serpentine by Selina Swayne. Via: "Selina Swayne is a graphic designer excited by the idea of challenging creative methodology. Her focus on design details and how to manipulate and play with the boundaries inherent in graphic design forms a mainstay in her work."



08 Apr 2011
Not a Harry Potter fan, but I do love me some Penguin, and these re-imagined book covers are pretty brilliant. Designed by M.S. Corley. I like the colors and the vintage look.







06 Apr 2011
One of my favourite songs. Love this version by Peter Gabriel:



05 Apr 2011
This is awesome. Out of creativity is born a book that not only tells of a great story but shows good design as well, courtesy of artist Alberto Hernández. "A hybrid novel...can be seen as a hybrid image-text novel, not a children’s book, graphic novel/comic or gift book, but a book where written text and graphic devices such as illustration, photography, information graphics or typographic treatments may interject in order to hold a readers’ interest. This combination adds interactiveness to the book and also gives the printed page a multidimensional visual surface. A hybrid novel is a kind of book that requires the readers’ actions and also to be handled and experienced. This remediation of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde tries, by adding playful graphic devices to the original novel, to engage readers in a more dynamic narrative experience and help them at the same time to understand the story more easily. The results leave no space for doubts." (via)

Just look at the stunning images below:





View more here.


04 Apr 2011
In 2008 Penguin released new editions of all 14 Ian Fleming 007 books. The covers, show above, were designed by Michael Gilette. Check out this interview with Gillette about the work. [Image of book covers via www.orignauxmoose.com] (via)



03 Apr 2011
One that we keep forgetting.



02 Apr 2011
This is one of the books by one of my favorite designers. The construction is interesting, but it's not just the outside that counts although it is fascinating. It's a collection of insights from Stefan Sagmeister about design, art and life:



01 Apr 2011
Via Rag & Bone: "Aida on the floating ‘book’ stage on Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria. This festival has become renowned for its unconventional staging of shows. Verdi’ s opera “A Masked Ball” in 1999 featured a giant book being read by a skeleton."





31 Mar 2011
Love these sweet covers for Italo Calvino titles. Vintage Classics is a paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction. I love their collection so far, and love their approach to designing book covers.











(via)


30 Mar 2011
Although I have qualms with the campaign title and copy, I still think these are amazing:







Yeah, I really do love Penguin ads. Via.