Tiny Dino’s Grand Field Museum Adventure
Tiny Dino’s Grand Field Museum Adventure” is an improvisational critique of the museum as an institution, told as a children’s book featuring toy dinosaurs.
VoragemIsabel Baraona and Catarina Domingues2016 7.625 × 10.25 in.32 pagesBinding: Dos-a-dos; saddle-stitched pamphlets tied into the cover, with an unbound pamphlet insertedDigital and offset printingEdition of 100 As a medium, books are noteworthy for their finitude. This seems increasingly significant in an era of infinite internet and endlessly reconfigurable data. So it is perhaps surprising…
A collection of memories inspired by the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, “Seed Vault” uses the book form to imbue a text with rewarding multiple meanings.
Attenti al Cane: Twentysix Dogs Found on Street View
“Attenti al Cane” thoughtfully appropriates imagery from Google Street View to examine how the internet mediates a long-distance relationship.
Five Oceans in a Teaspoon
Five Oceans in a TeaspoonDennis J. Bernstein and Warren Lehrer2019 Paper Crown Press6.875 × 6.5 × 1 in.300 pagesSmyth-sewn hardcoverOffset inside with foil-stamped cloth spine and paper cover The 1984 book French Fries by Dennis Bernstein and Warren Lehrer is a landmark work of visual literature. In the years since, Bernstein’s poetry has continued to…
Understanding Molecular Typography
Understanding Molecular TypographyWoody LeslieH.F. Henderson2019Ugly Duckling Presseuglyducklingpresse.org 5 × 7 in.128 pagesBinding: Smyth-sewnOffset inside with foil-stamped wrap Editor’s note: this review contains spoilers. I struggled over how to review this book, and made the determination to identify it as a work of fiction (satire, specifically) and review it as such. I hesitate to out the…
Lost Houses of Lyndale
Lost Houses of LyndaleMatt BergstromDesign by Mary Clare Butler2018Fata Morgana Presswww.fatamorganapress.com/ 8 × 5 in.40 pagesBinding: Single-section pamphletLetterpress cover and offset inside In Lost Houses of Lyndale, Matt Bergstrom presents a history of all the recently-demolished homes along a two-block stretch in the rapidly-gentrifying Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. After a brief introduction, the book proceeds with a…
Notes from Byzantium
Notes from ByzantiumShelly Taylor and Eben Goff, ed. AB Gorham2019Black Rock Presswww.unr.edu/art/black-rock-press 7 × 9 × .25 in.60 pagesBinding: Softcover codex with sewn signaturesFoil cover and HP Indigo inside The combination of poetry by Shelly Taylor and art by Eben Goff is not an obvious choice, but then, the best books are often surprising. Both…