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January 14, 2009

Books as Objects: Artifacts and Armaments 2


If you thought books were just to read – to entertain, educate or enlighten – then think again. Macleans Magazine ran a piece recently on a little bookshop in Old Montreal that displays its wares as museum-pieces. Librissime offers Dante’s Divine Comedy, “bound in buttercream-white calfskin leather, a hand-chiseled brass rendering of the crossing of […]

April 2, 2008

Judging Books by Their Covers 1


I’m seriously digging these new cover designs for the British editions of John O’Hara classics BUtterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra. They were done by illustrator Tomer Tanuka, and he shares his inspirations for the covers at his blog Tropical Toxic (where you’ll also find posts from his twin brother Asaf, who is also an […]

February 24, 2008

Books as Objects 0


The cover of this past week’s New Yorker, “Shelf of Life” by Adrian Tomine, could be a visual entry in our “Books as Objects” column. An avid reader of the magazine (NOT our fearless editor and self-professed NYer junkie, Max) examined the cover art and observed that it carried a “cynical” message. It’s a panel […]

August 26, 2007

Books You Can’t Read: A List of Bookish Objets 0


British artist Su Blackwell’s wonderful book-cut sculptures Discharged books from the Stanford library find new life as a bar Part Joseph Cornell box, part book about Joseph Cornell boxes (for more info) A selection of works by Georgia Russell, Cara Borer, and other artists whose medium is books German designer Werner Aisslinger’s storage modules, made […]

June 9, 2007

Books as Objects: Arty Goodness 0


Artist Nina Katchadourian, in a take off on the sometimes serendipitous placement of books on bookshelves, has created micro-stories told only in the words on the spines of books. At the site of UK bookstore Any Amount of Books (which also runs the blog Bookride), one can view “The Incredible Bookman,” a bookshelf that takes […]

May 9, 2007

Books as Objects: Limited Editions 2


Skimming through the bestsellers and new releases at Amazon, you may have spotted the “limited edition” of Michael Chabon’s new novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. “This special limited first edition is personally signed by the author and numbered. The jacketed hardcover is packaged in a handcrafted wooden slipcase which is shrinkwrapped. A must-have for collectors,” […]

September 14, 2006

Books as Objects: Drug Mules 1


I happened upon this story about a scheme to smuggle drugs into a Michigan prison using library books. From the Muskegon Chronicle: Inmates at the prison in eastern Montcalm County communicated with somebody on the outside, providing titles to check out from the Madison Square branch library on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The […]

August 11, 2006

More Books by the Foot 0


Remeber my post a while back about decorators selling books by the foot to furnish rooms, as an alternative to wallpaper, say? I spotted another book by the foot seller, and this one’s got some pretty remarkable prices. Here’s Wonder Book’s pitch: BOOKS BY THE FOOT: With pricing starting at $6.00 per linear foot, we […]

May 4, 2006

New Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions – Akutagawa, Ott, Jason, Brown, Miller, Hanuka 6


In January I posted scans of a bunch of fantastic new editions of classic books from Penguin with covers designed by famous comic book artists. I’d heard that another batch was on the way, and I finally got my hands on the images so here they are. They come out this fall: Rashomon and Seventeen […]

April 25, 2006

Goodnight Moon come to life 2


Artist Thatcher Hurd, son of Goodnight Moon creators Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd has an art show up at the Rhode Island School of Design that features a three-dimensional life size display from of the illustrations from the book. For more, see the AP story and a photo of the work. (via H2O)