Books

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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Post image for Bookbinding the Dead: Harvard Confirms 19th-Century Book Bound in Human Skin

After having deadly disappointment earlier this year when it was revealed two of the three books at Harvard University believed to be bound in human skin were both sheepskin, the third has been confirmed as being hominid-made.

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Post image for What It Is to Be Cool in America

What is cool and why do Americans care so much? That’s the hinge on which the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has fixed American Cool — an exhibition of portraiture that opened in February — and its accompanying catalogue.

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Post image for A Fashion Mag with Beauty and Brains

There will always be fashion magazines that instruct readers which silk faille caftan is appropriate for lounging on a yacht over Memorial Day weekend, but what about one that traces the sartorial origins of the safety pin as an accessory?

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Post image for The Call to Action to Save Digitized Books from Oblivion

Digitization may be increasing the accessibility to the history of literature, but there is something lost about the book as a physical object.

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