Month: February 2009

Charles Montgomery Burns Blogging Award

Almost a year ago, the excellent India Ink was tagged for excellence in blogging, an award she rebranded as the Charles Montgomery Burns Award. Mr. Burns is the…

Friday roundup

“If Folly link with Elegance no man knows which is which.” – William Butler Yeats Collectanea Botanica : Illustrated herbals are the perfection of print publishing Are the…

How to design like Massimo Vignelli

Crave that prominent-grid, basic-fonts, industrial design aesthetic? Massamo Vignelli  would tell you that you can’t just imitate the surface, which must emerge as an epiphenomenon from an essential…

Albums of the year

Why book review sections don’t work

Who would have guessed that the San Francico Chronicle‘s Sunday book review would be one of the few standalone newspaper reviews remaining? (It survives as a pull-out from…

Friday roundup

“Honour commercio’s energy yet aid the linkless proud, the plurable with everybody.” — Finnegans Wake Does Kindle violate authors’ audio rights? : New text-to-speech function More on Kindle’s…

Hiring

The Writers Center is looking for a Business and Operations Manager, “overseeing day-to-day business functions and facility upkeep and maintenance.” The job pays $35-40K. They are located in…

Why proofreading is hard

Aoccrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny ipormoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat…

What’s going on here?

Maybe by the time this post runs the photo will have been widely printed. If not, you can still try your luck at guessing what this picture —…

Making a WordPress index page

I have been busy constructing an index to my 7 Junipers site, which is devoted to Asian Art and Culture. The index in process is accessed via one…

Public service announcement

Because this cannot be said often enough. From Robert Bringhurst’s Elements of Typographic Style: In the nineteenth century, which was a dark and inflationary age in typography and…

Spelling test

According to BusinessWriting.com, these are the 25 most  commonly misspelled words in English. I don’t consider myself a very good speller, for an editor (I just look everything…

Friday roundup | Duly quoted

“Every separation is a link.” — Simone Weil In celebration of the farmer poet : But no Wendell Berry? What’s on Bruce Springsteen’s Bookshelves? : Books, I’m guessing…

Codex Book Fair

The second biennial CODEX Book Fair will be held this weekend, February 8-11 in Berkeley. The Codex Foundation promotes the art and craft of the book and strives…

David Godine on Bruce Rogers

Elsewhere I mentioned recently that the David R. Godine blog has been a dispirited creature, with few and meager posts. I am happy to report that it has…

The kindness of strangers

Here’s a cool thing. I received an e-mail yesterday from Dave Kellam, someone I didn’t know. An excerpt: Just found your blog today, via India Amos. I’m an…

What are the components of a well-made book?

Over at India, Ink., the redoubtable India is thinking about “what materials and processes and vendors to use to make books that will last a hundred years.” I…