Jason (jcreed) wrote,

Found a lot of interesting books at Hillman today just wandering around:

Lucy Brido, "French Opera Posters 1868-1930". Beautiful, beautiful stuff in here. I especially love the lettering.

David Trend, "Welcome to Cyberschool". I looked at just because of its immensely corny title. Though written in 2001, the style has the must of 1995 all over it still: cyberthis and infothat, CD-ROMs and interactive games, quotes from Wired and the Whole Earth Catalog. Zillions of scare quotes on every page.

Paul Ritter, "Educreation". Another eye-catchingly silly-sounding title; it seems to be about reforming education towards focussing more of teaching creativitiy.

Bevis Hillier, "The World of Art Deco". Fantastic pictures of Art Deco book covers, furniture, paintings.

Philip Davis, "The Experience of Reading". Something I think I may have to look into later. In the introduction he talks about reading as a skill that must be cultivated; sounds very much like Steiner.

André Bernard, "Rotten Rejections". Cute little collection of rejection letters, a sweet petty revenge on editors that turned up their noses at works that later turned out to be famous. Bill Henderson writes in it:

"Sorry, NO!" My first rejection slip.

It was handwritten in 1965 by Gordon "Captain Fiction" Lish, then at Esquire, and was in response to a story I mailed him over the transom titled "Doc Saves a Sick Whore," about a pharmacist, a whore, and a Mexican border town. I knew nothing about pharmacists, whores, or Mexican border towns. The story was awful.

Nevertheless, I found hope in that note. Gordon said he was "sorry". That probably meant he had too many manuscripts at Esquire and felt terrible about rejecting me. The capital "NO" and the explanation[sic] point following... well, I chose to overlook that portion.

The rejection for Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windemere's Fan":
My dear sir,
I have read your manuscript. Oh, my dear sir.
Hans Wellisch, "Indexing from A to Z". A book about how to design good indexes for books. It's structured as a list of snappy little articles on such topics as "Mac" — this being the debate over how to treat Scottish names that so begin — "Index: the Word, its History, and Meanings", "Typography", "Specificity", and "Latin Terms", all arranged in — what else? &mdash alphabetical order. I think I'm in love.

H. J. Jackson, "Marginalia". A history of people writing in the margins of books. Oh, but that I had looked in the LOC Z stacks sooner! I decided to actually check this one out.

...[Coleridge] did the same for a copy of Joan of Arc that he annotated in 1814. Joan is an epic poem, revelutionary in its politics, that had been jointly written by Coleridge and his brother-in-law Robert Southey and published in 1796. Nearly twenty years later, with a history of difficult family relations between them, Coleridge devised and used a shorthand system to criticize Southey's part of the poem:
S.E. means Southey's English, i.e. no English at all
N. means Nonsense. J. means a discordant Jingle of sound—one word rhyming or half-rhyming to another proving either utter want of ears, or else very long ones.
L.M. = ludicrous metaphor
I.M. = incongruous metaphor
S. = pseudo-poetic Slang, generally, too, not English.

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