Month: June 2009

Scholar’s Accoutrements

This 19th-century painting by Yi Ungnok is in the form of a large screen. It is an excellent example of the Korean painting motif of chaekkori, or scholar’s…

The Typehead Chronicles of Thomas Christensen, ABCedminded Typographer

This site has been around, in various forms, for a long time. It began as an auxiliary to the Mercury House book publishing site that we put up…

Designing a book on Southeast Asian Art

Over at the Asian Art Museum blog I’ve written a post briefly outlining some of the issues involved in designing Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, 1775-1950. I oversaw this project; the book was designed by Tag Savage of Wilsted & Taylor.

There are special issues for American designers when working with Southeast Asian subjects. This book demonstrates, I think, how they can be successfully addressed.

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Whos to say whats best?

I once edited some books by Guy Davenport, who said that he didnt want any of those hideous quotation mark thingees to appear anywhere in his books. As…

What do these books have in common?

Maurice Bendrix, The Ambitious Host D. B. Caulfield, The Secret Goldfish Vivian Darkbloom, My Cue Nicholas de Selby, Country AlbumGwendolen Erme, Deep Down, Overmastered Andrew Hibbard, The Chasm…

Friday roundup

“Every separation is a link.” — Simone Weil Designer Humor : heartfelt message using Papyrus Bitterness as mental illness : Post Traumatic Bitterness Syndrome Why retranslate? : Well,…

The dangerous world of butterflies

Here’s Peter Laufer, three or four of whose books I published at Mercury House, on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. .

The strange passage of time

Ineachday put up some old family photos. Can this blurry fellow really have been me once? (Yes, this is a rare personal post on Right Reading.) .

(He)art and commerce

Take my word for it that the image at right — sorry I don’t have a better version — represents the painting The Dead Christ supported by the…

Blind testing search engines

Which search engine gives the best results? Sure, Google’s by far the most popular and has the largest infrastructure. And there could be interface preferences to take into…

Barcode scanning a personal library

Want to store your library information on the web? Want to be able to computer search some of the content? Entering ISBN numbers too much trouble? Try this…

100 best novels quiz

How many of Modern Library’s hundred best novels of the 20th century can you name if you’re given the names of the authors? Fine out here. I was…

Amazing athletes

This is via Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s twitter account. He writes “These ladies are amazing athletes -even back in the day!” Be patient — the fun starts about one minute…

15 years of work in 45 seconds

The design firm Pentagram was recently honored for its long-term collaboration with the Public Theater in NYC. The video includes more than 300 pieces. .