Before anything, I want to send some Love, to the many people in Arizona. There are some intense wild fires flowing through the state and to my friends, and familia that I have over there I am thinking cool, wet thoughts for all of you all… Prayers for Rain even.
Well it is the first of July, and it seems like only yesterday that everyone was in a huzzle-hum-drum about 2012, the winter solstice, and the END OF THE WORLD…. Oh my how time flies. Look at us now though! We are on the other end of apocalyptic hysteria, er sort of—(Mass assembly in Egypt; 23 million dollars to assist the U.S. in Human Rights Education; fields of scorched Monsanto crops anyone?)
Well, satirical humor, corporate media censorship, and governmental surveillance aside, last week I mentioned that on July 1st I would release the title of my book, and well true to my word I will.
Books, and bookbinding has a long history.
–Want the annotated version?
-Okay. Ready? Clay, paper making, ink, the printing press, the computer and the personal printer have all had an impact our global culture’s ability to read, i.e. literacy.
-What, visuals that condense centuries of knowledge into two minutes and twenty odd seconds worth of video, sure:
Also, if you are interested in a more detailed and in depth look at the process of bookbinding and the art that goes along with it Philip Maddock provides an excellent overview of some of the finer points of the craft during a lecture at the University of Dublin:
Part of my interest in the artistry of book binding comes from my meditations regarding publication, and maintaining a state of freedom regarding my intellectual property. I would Love to participate in the larger field of publishing dominated by the bigger presses (Random House, Pearson, etcetera), but after reading through Robert Bidinotto: The Vigilante Author’s website and about his insights regarding publishing, I have to begun to question the approach that I want to take with my own literary pursuits. For interested parties, I recommend starting with Bidinotto’s commentary on traditional publishing and the woes that come with it, then exploring his other posts– some of which directly address the benefits of self publishing.
I have reached a point in which I am asking myself what kind of book do I want to have published, and I am now examining so many different aspects of the process–from the font and size, to the page layout and paper I want to use. There is something really empowering about the process, and after watching the video of Maddock’s lecture I am certain there are elements within this process that I have not even thought of yet. Such is life, I will know the road block when I see it I guess. As for now, I am happy that I have a layout, cover design, and a title.
As I type these words, I am once again realizing that writing is radical, it is a form of transcending the self, and that it can (as Maddock demonstrated within his lecture) outlive the artist which assembled the work. One may suggest that life provides no guarantees, except that all life changes. Thus the better a book is made, the more greater its ability to survive the ages—although they are still subject to burning, banning, and breakage (in the case of clay tablets, ipads and other digital readers). My thoughts? 1) I’ll post a list of recommended banned books on tomorrow’s post and 2)…
“If you’re going to write;
write as though your life depended on it;
as though you were only writing for yourself, your grandmother and a child.
Write as though the ink itself could do nothing but bleed the moon’s
songs of Healing, Glory and Love.
Write with passion for yesterday,
with presence for today;
and from experience for tomorrow.”
The opening preface to my book
Urbanite Folk Songs Written on Chalk Stained Concrete.