About Blooks - Discovering the book as object, Mindell Dubansky (ongoing)
This blog is devoted to the subject of BLOOKS, objects made in the emulation of books, either by hand or commercial manufacture. […]
The transformation of the book is an inescapable theme of contemporary life. As a result of the advancement of computer technology, the book as we have known it is experiencing a major cultural shift and many question the future of the physical book. Simultaneously, we know that there are many kinds of books for which there is no substitute and more than ever, artists, designers, collectors, and librarians are attracted to books for their physical beauty, historical significance, structural properties and emotional currency. Interest in rare books, the book arts, the use of the book in works of art, and book re-purposing is flourishing. Blook-objects have a prominent place in this reinvention of the role of the book, as you will see as this blog develops.
See also: Blook, Wikipedia
via Andrea de Franco
The first book about Eliel and Eero Saarinen’s residential work, Saarinen Houses presents seventeen remarkable houses built over a span of six decades, in Finland and the United States. From Eliel’s early twentieth-century Villa Pulkanranta, an eclectic mix of local Finnish design traditions and international influences, to Eero’s Miller House, one of the most significant examples of modern domestic architecture in the United States, each project features original drawings and archival photos, as well as new interior and exterior shots.
I did the proofread for this stunning book.
Two recognizable contributors are Miranda July and writer Jonathan Lethem, who embraced their specific assignments and took advantage of their physical (and theoretical) limitations.
“I had a kind of deferred, but embarrassed excitement about footnotes. I’d always wanted to do something with them, but they just belonged too completely to Baker and Wallace. So I needed an assignment to free me,” Lethem tells us.
“I just liked the idea of an erratum—meant to correct a mistake—that was itself a mistake,” July says. “And then it was fun to think of what the most egregious correction might be—perhaps an erratum that insisted that perfectly tame text was meant to be pornographic. I don’t know how the author of the original text feels about the ‘swelling clit’ stuffed between pages 44 and 45, I’m sure I’ll meet him at some point and we’ll discuss it.”
[Lethem, of course, was among our contributors. I also tried July, but never got an answer. :( ]