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April 23, 2009

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The Loss Of Routine Beauty

Wyatt Mason looks at artists’ books, and sighs:

Not that long ago, all books were handmade; now, most of the work is performed by armies of cleverly machined presses and binderies. Lost, in that consumptive progression, is not the beautiful book — for many special books made by machine do manage to be beautiful objects that function well. Lost is the ordinary book being routinely beautiful.

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Posted April 23, 2009 at 4:00 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
File under: Beauty, Books, Writing & Such, Briefly Noted, Object Culture
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