Month: December 2008

Northern California Book Reviewers Translation Award

I’ll be on the road for a while, and posting could continue to be light until mid January. Meanwhile, I’ve agreed to be a reader for this translation…

On the devaluation of editors

Pat Holt’s take on this topic is worth reading. Here are some excerpts: I think the saddest thing that ever happened in the book industry was the gradual…

The Passion of Saint Rudolph

Above: The Passion of Saint Rudolph, 2008, colored pixels, by Thomas Christensen and an unnamed Palin family photographer. . Instead of doing my traditional seasons greetings this year,…

Is print dying?

Steve Rubel, one of the sharpest web marketers (and a prolific tweeter) claims that  “five years from now all media will either be completely digital or well on…

Ten Independent Bay Area Book Publishers, part 2

Yesterday I began a list of ten independent Bay Area book publishing companies, all of which are producing interesting work, though each has its own unique personality and…

Ten Independent Bay Area Book Publishers, part 1

Following the example of Kyle Semmel, I offer here ten independent presses (five today and another five tomorrow) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Compared to the…

Appreciating Tschichold

Jan Tschichold is one of the inescapable figures in twentieth-century typoraphy. This photo was taken in 1926. Richard Hollis has written an appreciation, called “Jan Tschichold: Titan of…

Five of Books

I’m a great fan of Jost Amman (Swiss, 1539–1591), and I keep coming back to his deck of cards in which one of the suits was books —…

Better Flickr search

Compfight (don’t ask me to explain the name) is my new favorite Flickr search site. It’s extremely fast, returns a lot of results, and can be set to…

Progress on library

Back in September I mentioned that I was working on a couple of outbuildings that will house much of my library. I’ve been progressing on this pretty steadily,…