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a different museum experience

As I start to see the end of my visit here, I thought I’d do some different things with my time, or more accurately, I am trying to see all the museums and collections I haven’t gotten to yet. So yesterday, Tuesday, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a special tour. I … Continue reading

vending books by machine – how convenient

A Book Vending Machine sounds like a novel idea. In fact, my first reaction, my first guess was that the machine was like the Book Expresso machine which prints books on demand. But this machine is definitely a vending machine.  Read the article and tell me what you think Book Vending Machines – The Fine … Continue reading

Museum musings

I just realized it’s been over a month since I posted anything about my cultural adventures and explorations. There’s no way to catch up or itemize the exhibits I’ve viewed. I’ll have to go back and write about earlier visits another day. Today I want to write about the Brooklyn Museum http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/  It’s the first … Continue reading

Taking the time to think and explore

I want to follow up on David M Levy’s article about thinking and reading slowly and thoroughly.Levy has written extensively on the subject including Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age. David M Levy, in a longer discussion of the topic gives a Google Talk (58 minutes) entitled “No Time to Think” … Continue reading

Books about reading and books

There are books about books and publishing houses. Since Chappell [256-257] mentions Penguin Books, I thought you might enjoy looking at their history of the company http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/aboutus/aboutpenguin_companyhistory.html  and a history of the company “Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005” by Phil Baines  http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780713998399,00.html At the same time, you might also enjoy reading about publishers … Continue reading

Modern Books

While I reviewed all the videos about how books are printed in the 20th century, I stumbled upon this gorgeous video about Wood Engraving. The artist is imitating and discussing Thomas Bewick’s work carving on wood blocks so the designs can be printed at the same time as the text, that is in the same … Continue reading

Printing and Typography: a feast for the eyes

I’m going to feed your fascination with type, typography, and printing with a number of viewing and reading suggestions.  The Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office suggested “The Linotype Film: In search of the eight wonder of the world” http://www.linotypefilm.com/  or watch the video clips http://www.linotypefilm.com/clips.html  and they have a great resources page … Continue reading