Books

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This month, the Brooklyn Public Library launched a free service for personalized recommendations from the people who know their books best — the librarians.

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Post image for Haida Master Carver Charles Edenshaw Finally Gets His Due

With incredible precision through a diversity of materials, Charles Edenshaw evoked the beauty of traditional Haida art at a time when this First Nations culture was on the precipice of disappearing.

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Post image for Dispatches from the Gateways to Death Valley

Two rural communities have ominously declared themselves the “Gateway to Death Valley” — Baker, California and Beatty, Nevada — each isolated as the last stop before miles of harsh landscape.

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Adrain Chesser,

There is a loose tribe living at nature’s margins in the United States, slaughtering goats raised by hand at Idaho’s Lost River and picking cherries growing wild in California’s Marble Mountain Wilderness.

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Post image for Photographing the Desert Where the Mountains Float

Given just the right optical conditions, a mountain can appear to hover above the Earth. Photographer Mike Osborne sought to capture that effect, and other fascinations of the landscape of the Great Basin Desert between Utah and Nevada, where the real world becomes alien.

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Books

Typography in the Wild

by Allison Meier on July 2, 2014

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In the same tradition as birdwatching manuals, a recently published book is targeted at turning even the most oblivious of urban wanderers into typography spotters.

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Post image for The Lost Beauty of Book Endpapers

Bookbinding developed gradually, with the availability of materials and prevailing tastes dictating the details. One of the more overlooked aspects of book design was the creation of endpapers, when what was long a blank space or slice of vellum was replaced by exuberant patterns.

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Post image for Dali, Warhol, and Pollock: This Is Your Life

A new graphic biography series launched last month with books that follow the lives of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Salvador Dalí in text and illustration.

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Post image for At the Morgan, a Master’s Minuscule Manuscripts

The Morgan Library & Museum over the last few years has added some small wonders to its collections, and now for the first time a sampling of these miniature books is on public view. Opened last month, Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France celebrates one of the last greats of the illuminated manuscript — who happened to work at a doll-size scale.

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Post image for In Photographs of an Abandoned Town, a Post-Apocalyptic Puzzle

A silhouette of a ballerina is fading on an abandoned semi truck, a sign for Lover’s Lane warns of “falling rocks” and “high water.” And not a person is around. What is this strange and desolate landscape?

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