I recently got some correspondence from the Folio Society indicating they were planning to complete their Letterpress Shakespeare series in 2014. The series began in 2005 with Hamlet and is now finishing up with the final six volumes including Pericles, Cymbeline, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Henry VI. Continue reading
Rachel Carson is one of my heroes. Her book Silent Spring shook up the global environmental movement, created enough of a stir to get DDT banned in the U.S., and created the momentum to create the Environmental Protection Agency. For her contributions she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Carter. One of my early childhood memories comes from around the late 1960’s when I lived in Key West Florida. My friends and I thought it was fun to ride behind the mosquito-sprayer trunk, disappearing in and out of the “fog”. It still makes me nervous to think that was probably a cloud of DDT I was breathing. Continue reading
Check out this interview with Jan And Crispin of the Barbarian Press. Makes me want to drop by the press, put on some jazz and tea, and talk books and presswork into the night. Wonderful!
I just received my copy of the libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin and will hopefully get a review up as soon as I get the chance to read it. Illustrated by Kara Walker. Let me just say that I already love the illustrations. Check it out here while you are waiting for the review.
“So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.” –Preface Continue reading
Let me just say right off that this was not my favorite novel. It could be because the subject matter isn’t of much interest to me. I’m not much of a movie or television watcher, so Hollywood’s film history doesn’t do anything for me. Of slightly more interest is the description of Hollywood as a physical place in time and of California as a place where listless people apparently came to die. I’ve always been one to wonder how a landscape has changed over time, probably from a lot of time spent staring out the car window at passing terrain. And I saw a lot of it as a “Navy brat” whose family moved every two years up and down the Eastern Seaboard. The past 25 years I’ve settled in Southern California, so some of the neighborhoods in the book are familiar even though obviously much changed through the years. Continue reading
Ever since I read Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching at just the right time in a critical juncture of my life, I’ve eagerly sought out anything else he’s done. That made finding a copy of the Arion Press edition of The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke that much more joyful for me. Rilke, Stephen Mitchell, and the fine press treatment: What could be better? Continue reading
I took this from a recent Press News Update from the Barbarian Press. I just love it.
In a recent note to our subscribers, Jan expressed our mutual conviction that well-made books are essential to people who are true readers. Of our books, here at the press, she said that “it seems to us ever more essential that such books be made by us and others as ‘fragments shored against the ruins’ of so much that present culture has dismissed or devalued. We are in this together: our books need hands to hold them, and eyes to read and appreciate them. We cannot thank you enough for believing in what we do, and doing so much toward making the work possible.”
To read the whole Press Update, click here.
“Ut pictura poesis,” Horace wrote in the first century BC. “As is painting so is poetry.”
In his Poetry Foundation blog post “Poets and Painters”, Martin Earl writes “Painters and poets have been wed from the beginning. Language itself has pictorial roots. …Poets are attracted to the symbolic and pictographic traces of their own language in painting. For poets, painting is full of atavistic vocabularies. Painters, on the other hand, have always looked to poets to articulate what we might call their sublime backwardness.” Continue reading
It’s hard not to be excited to see my daughter Kaelyn’s name on the Arion Press colophon for the first time. It’s a fine press book lover’s dream!