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Bookmark - “The Digital Flattening of Expression”

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In another elegy for paper, Mark Fox leaps from the famous conversation between Ray Bradbury's characters Professor Faber and Fireman Montag in "Fahrenheit" 451 that begins, 

“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean?"

 

to Jaron Lanier's assertion that the remix culture is responsible for “the digital flattening of expression into a global mush.”

Robert Bolick's insight:

Consider, however, this conversation between the artists Stefan Saalfeld

(http://uk.lumas.com/pictures/stefan_saalfeld/rising/) and

Gerhard Mantz

(http://uk.lumas.com/artist-overview/gerhard_mantz/

published in the February 2013 issue of the Lumas Gallery Magazine, "The Liberation of Art"

(http://uk.lumas.com/magazine/):

 

"Saalfeld - ... I'm interested in the changes that take place over time. In nature, the old sits alongside the new. There are always tensions, and injuries.

 

Mantz - That is exactly what characterises your images. This breaking apart and breaking through as if the colours were peeling off to reveal fragments of completely different pictures behind.

 

Saalfeld - Gaps appear through these breaks and dislocations. This allows something different to emerge from the image. There is always an unexplained story behind the story, another version. I no longer believe in a single, individual image."

 

Here is a healthy "anxiety of influence" that overcomes its qualms about tradition, builds upon it and, yes, perhaps devours it as if it were seed corn.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Seager Gray Gallery 

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The 12th annual Art of the Book exhibition will feature new works by gallery favorites as well as artists new to the gallery.
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The Seager Gray Gallery consistently delights. Shown here is Catherine Skinner's "Accumulations II". 

For more on some of the artists represented: 

Vita Wells: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-qJ
Emma Lloyd: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Tk
Andrew Hayes: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-St
Jody Alexander: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-o6
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Bookmark - Ingrid Siliakus - Paper architect/artist

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Statement of the artist (for the Holland Paper Exhibition in 2006): '...Working with paper forces me to be humble, since this medium has a character of its own that asks for cooperation. It is a challenge to find this cooperation with each separate paper brand I work with. Working with paper the way I do, namely by means of cutting and folding creating paper sculptures, asks of me to work with meditative precision. Paper architecture does not bare haste, it is its enemy; one moment of loss of concentration, can lead to failure of a piece...' '...I experience an ultimate satisfaction at the critic moment when the paper, with a silenced sigh, surrenders and becomes a blade-sharp crease. The sound of the paper, which guides this surrendering, to me is incomparable...' 
Robert Bolick's insight:
No surprise that her art is on display in the Escher museum in The Hague.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jo Howe

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I am very excited, yet again, to have been invited to show at Turn The Page this year. This is always such an incredible event, with a broad range of artists all working with ‘The Book’ in a wide variety of ways.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Jo Howe is one of the most diversely inventive book artists working in the UK and Europe today. She sculpts books and book pages with fire, steel, fold, dowel, camera lens and even sugar - but most of all with wit and genius. 

Look here for the proof: https://howeunique.co.uk/gallery/  

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Bodman 

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"Another spine chiller from Sarah Bodman. Ostensibly this is a book of ‘dates’ with names and places and drinks noted down beneath a barely discernible glass ring mark. But this book has dark roots. It is the diary of an international poisoner. It is inspired by the historical case of a woman who practiced her delivery of Strychnine on many friends and family before getting it ‘right’. Her poison of choice, a bitter substance, was masked through strong or overly sweet drinks and foods, with meticulous note-taking of her attempts to formulate the correct amounts. The artist ponders how she would have administered her poison today? The appointments made, would she perhaps have been successful first time, or would she have needed to ask for another meeting? Each page has been screenprinted with a clear water-based varnish, the stencils made from dipping glasses and cups into ink to make a mark, just as you would if you put a glass or cup onto a table. The marks, like the poison are barely discernible. The handwritten, colour appointments are in watercolour pencil. Once the job is done, the colourful notes can be wiped away, leaving only the first ‘date’ in pencil."  
Robert Bolick's insight:
This book-art murder mystery is entitled “Why say it again?”. To apprehend your copy of one of the 20 printed, you must visit Reed Contemporary Books:  http://www.reedcontemporarybooks.com/sarahbodman.html.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lucas Simões

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"Before becoming an artist, Simões was an architect. He has long been interested in the promises, failures, and whiteness of modern architecture. 

Lucas Simões, born in 1980 in Brazil, lives and works in São Paulo. Simões has had solo exhibitions at Caixa Cultural (São Paulo), Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil), and Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (Recife, Brazil)... His work is owned by Itau Unibanco (São Paulo), Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio de Janeiro), and Museu de Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo)."

Robert Bolick's insight:
The title of Simões solo exhibit at the Lora Reynolds Gallery (http://www.lorareynolds.com/exhibitions/lucas-simoes-white-lies/ Austin, TX) is "White Lies", which is also the title of the piece shown. Although not "book art", it is reminiscent of works by Andrew Hayes (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-St), Irwin Susskind's "Book Faced Down" (http://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/174519) and Jonathan Callan's "Rational Snow" (http://www.jonathancallan.com/2002-rational-snow).

The Reynolds Gallery also represents works by Noriko Ambe.
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Bookmark - Codex Conquest

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Why should you play Codex Conquest?

Play Codex Conquest to learn the contemporary value of historical printed books and how these books changed history by contributing to technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, artistic triumphs, and political shifts from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Codex Conquest is an open educational resource provided by Amy Chen, Special Collections Instruction Librarian at the University of Iowa.

Bad puns alert: 

Consider Codex Conquest the "Old Made" relative of multi-player online games. If you are more of a "solitairey" player, try out Type:Rider, the "Final FONTasy" of typography history games (http://store.steampowered.com/app/258890/TypeRider/). 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Marcelo Burgos 

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Libroz de Madriz collective makes artists’ books. Basically an artist’s book is a work of art in the form of a book. It does not necessarily needs to have a narrative, a story.
When I was invited to make a book for the collection, I started making this drypoint engravings without any apparent connection among them. But while I was making them, the different possibilities of a story would appear, depending on the order I had them laying on my table.
Instead of creating illustrations for a story, it was the drawings that created the narrative,
Drypoint engraving is perhaps the most basic form of intaglio. It consists basically on drawing over the metal surface with a sharp instrument. The metal plate is later inked and printed by hand.
The prints can be detached from the book. To create new stories or framing them individually.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Beautiful etchings, superb execution of narrative by image.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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"The installation is a wooden free-standing tower structure is placed in the [V&A's] National Art Library staircase hall corner.... The visitor is invited to choose an alternative, literature-filled promenade through the stairwell-space. One is able to choose from approximately 6000 titles and withdraw to sit and read it in a peaceful one-person reading space in the core of the tower....

The books are second-hand/ recycled/ would be otherwise destroyed, and have been collected from publishers, libraries and universities during 2009/2010.


CURATOR
Abraham Thomas

PRJOECT ADMINISTRATION
Elizabeth Capon

SIZE
3,15 m x 3,15 m = 9,9 m2
Height:7,75 m ( 3 floors )

SPONSORS
UPM Kymmene – wood materials Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs / Norsk Form – travels Luxo – lighting

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Dr. Techn Kristoffer Apeland A/S

TEAM
Dagur Eggertsson, Sami Rintala, Mats Odin Rustøy, Pasi Aalto, Jon Gunnar Akason, Fabricio Fernandes, Harriet Brisley, Mathew Donnachie and Darius Wilson, Vibeke Jenssen, Kaori Watanabe, Naofumi Namba, Ruby Wilson and Molly Odhiambo, Per Sølvsberg

PHOTOGRAPHER
Pasi Aalto

Robert Bolick's insight:
The Norwegian firm Rintala Eggertsson completed "The Ark Tower" installation in 2010 for the Victoria & Albert Museum. They achieved the exterior's minimalist appearance by shelving the 6000 books fore-edge outwards along the laminated pine shelving supported by solid pine beams. To discover the contents, you must enter the ark, climb the tower and browse the "contrasting collage of colors, titles and themes".  See "Divisare" for blueprints and additional pictures (https://divisare.com/projects/150980-rintala-eggertsson-architects-pasi-aalto-ark-booktower).  For other large-scale book art installations, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Jacqueline Rush Lee

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"In recent years we have seen a constant chatter about the demise of the book while witnessing exponential growth in the number of artists working with books.

I asked Lee for her take on this apparent dichotomy: 

'Nowadays, there’s a lot of talk about the demise of the book, but back when I started working with books, I gravitated to the book form because of its cultural and historical narrative, that I felt could be enriched further through adding my own personal history and observations to create new narratives—and this is how I still work...'" 

Robert Bolick's insight:
Book Patrol's brief interview with the artist. For more on Jacqueline Rush Lee, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-10v.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Guy Laramée

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Montreal-based artist Guy Laramée (previously) recently unveiled a new body of sculptural work, highlighting his evolving ability to excavate mountainous landscapes, cavernous hollows, and sloping watersheds from the dense pages of repurposed books. One of his favorite mediums are bound stacks of ol
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Bookmark - Preserving the digital preservation of medieval manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum 

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A new agreement will ensure the long-term preservation of the Walters Art Museum's digitized collection of medieval manuscripts and provide new apps for studying them.

Via International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
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Lest we have a "digital Dark Ages".  For more on the interplay of the digital and tactile: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-7T.
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Bookmark - Medieval manuscripts at our fingertips

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At the time of writing, you can view on Digitised Manuscripts no fewer than 1,783 manuscripts made in Europe before 1600, and more are being added all the time. For a full list of what is currently available, please see this file: Download PDF of Digitised MSS Spring 2017.
Robert Bolick's insight:
"Your lordship, the printout of your xml files will take a little longer." Image of the patron, Lord Lovell, and possibly the artist, John Siferwas, from the Lovell Lectionary, Southern England (Glastonbury?), c. 1400–1410.  

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Bookmarking Book Art -Helen Douglas

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Frost patterns grow in fractal increments, their fine etched intricacy conjuring a world of ice flowerings, plants, thorn forests, rocks, and mountain heavens. Printed on fine Xuan paper the fragility of the image is merged with the transparency of the paper. A progression from tonal greys to deep night darks and the blue of dawning gives some sense of narrative sequence, while the framing roundel presents these images as themselves (the here) and as remote landscape world of the imagination (the there).
Robert Bolick's insight:
Co-founder of Weproductions, Helen Douglas continues to develop her concept of "visual narrative" through her works. (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-LO)

Shown above is "Winter: Celestial Mountain" (2015), an edition of 25. 

Celestial Mountain (Tian Shan) is a mountain range bordering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Xinjiang in northwest China. The alternative translations - "Mountain of Heaven" or "Heavenly Mountain" - and Douglas's prints on Chinese paper remind me of Xu Bing's work "Book from the Sky" (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Ou). 

What a collaboration that would make. (www.books-on-books.com)
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Bookmark - Blind Bookworms: Genesis of the Idea

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Supported by Reading Hack and RNC Hereford, we will be creating a series of audio-bites written by visually impaired young people describing their favourite fictitious settings (Sherlock Holmes’ living room, the Gryffindor common room etc.) which will focus on every other sense apart from sight.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Near Hay-on-Wye, "The Story of Books" has joined with Ellie Wait in a brilliant project to promote audiobooks and support for the visually impaired reader. Asking children to record in their own words descriptions of settings in their favorite books is a "book report" challenge worth replicating in every home and classroom. 

For the visually impaired, another website - similarly named and from which the gif cartoon of the black-bespectacled worm emerging from the book comes - is "Blind Bookworm" at http://www.panix.com/~kestrell/.    www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Scott Hazard

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The text based constructs I create consist of layers of paper that are carefully torn or cut, spaced apart and aligned to define sculptural voids. Cathartic micro-gardens punctuated with masses of text beckon the viewer to delve in for a brief journey. As the viewer’s gaze enters and traverses the layers of paper in each work, vision becomes tactile, lending an articulated viewing experience and a space for the eyes to linger. The movement and placement of words in and around the composed landscapes and intimately scaled spaces provides for a kinaesthetic reading experience that draws the viewer in for momentary reflection and a temporary departure. The viewer looks ‘at’ and ‘through’ each composition simultaneously.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Hazard's "Memory Gardens" and "Text Constructs" have a zen-like quality. The precision must take the concentration required by a colored powder mandala.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lorena Velázquez 

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"The use of the number 43 is not restricted to the title in Ms. Velázquez’s work. Forty-three numbered copies of the book were made; the book, constructed in concertina (accordion) style, has 43 unnumbered pages; the numbers from one to 43 are printed across several pages; on one page the number 43 is produced in braille. There is little text but the book artist’s use of photographs showing demonstrations and rallies, as well as portrait photographs of the 43 missing, convey a sense of outrage and a demand for justice. The book’s pages are colored black, with most splashed or streaked with red paint, which further conveys a sense of horror and tragedy at what happened"
Robert Bolick's insight:
This searing work is called "43: Cuarenta y Tres", the significance of which Stephen Dingler, rare book cataloger at the University of Texas, Austin, explains here: https://utsalibrariestopshelf.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/the-significance-of-numbers-43-cuarenta-y-tres/.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmark - Have you ever wondered where books come from?

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Well then, let me show you, because that’s what I do for a living.

Right now, it’s this time of the year, and the little ones have just freshly hatched:
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So that's what really goes on at Amazon.
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Bookmarking Book Art - David M. Moyer

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An artist’s book crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Moyer’s creation, titled “Speculative Motion,” was sold by the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, to MIT’s Rotch Library, home to a growing collection of contemporary artists’ books. The Rotch collection focuses on artists’ books published from the 20th century to the present and explores a range of techniques and technologies employed by the books’ creators.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Yellow Submarine? Monty Python? Heath Robinson? Rube Goldberg? Hieronymus Bosch? Albrecht Durer? Quentin Massys? Whatever the influence, David M. Moyer has created choice work under The Red Howler Press (http://www.redhowlerpress.com/). MIT has chosen well. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lindsay Pritchard

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A set of ‘Halsbury’s Statutes’, the accepted authoritative texts for statute law (Acts of Parliament) of England and Wales, was donated to the Trust by a local court service whose staff now use online reference.  The 27 volumes were destined to be pulped had the Trust not taken them. Each volume has been transformed into a work of art exploring themes related to topics covered in the particular volume as well as ideas around legislation and society.  
Robert Bolick's insight:
The work displayed is "Sacred Liberty", which was part of the exhibition sponsored by the Sidney Nolan Trust. Other book artists participating include Lindo Toigo, Ruth Cousins and Rachel Ricketts. www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmarking Book Art - Ladislav Hanka

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Chance and necessity are the twin foundations of Darwinian evolution – the ultimate creativity.  What artist doesn’t aspire to working with divine and cosmic forces – with the bedrock of evolution or creation?  Things happen as they must – as the dance of the DNA dictates and as pure raw survival cements into place.  You set up your experiment and the immutable laws of causality are set into motion.
Robert Bolick's insight:
For more Darwin-inspired art, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Tk.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lacuna (update, 2017)

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Lacuna is a collaboration between the Bay Area Book Festival and the Flux Foundation to create a monumental, participatory art installation for the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival to be held in downtown Berkeley, June 5-7, 2015. Constructed from 50,000 books donated by the Internet Archive, Lacuna will sit in MLK Civic Center Park for the duration of the festival weekend, creating a reflective space that offers contrast to—and respite from—the busy energy of the festival. Admission to Lacuna is 100% free. 
Robert Bolick's insight:
The Bay Area Book Festival is coming up on its third year. Last year (2016), the organizers arranged a reprise of the inaugural Lacuna installation.  Unfortunately the Lacuna will not return for the 2017 festival.  Follow on Twitter here #BayBookFest. For more on large-scale book art installations, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.
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"Lacuna represents a type of library where the process of selecting and taking out a book shifts and re-shapes the very structure in which those books are contained."  

 

An architectural beauty, but let's hope no one checks out "The Keystone Cops".

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Bookmarking Book Art - Marta Minujín

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Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that will be constructed on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, Germany, and will be constructed from as many as 100,000 banned books from all over the world.

Robert Bolick's insight:
For other large-scale installations of book art, see http://wp.me/p2AYQg-RE.  www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmark - International Image Interoperability Framework

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Scholars and programmers from all over the world are working together on providing a technology that give researchers, and heritage enthusiasts, a rich and uniform experience when viewing digitized heritage. Most of all, they want to make it possible that as many digital collections as possible all work in the same way, so that any image from any museum or library can be seen in any viewer online, together with any other manuscript or artwork that is IIIF compliant! Side-by-side!
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Interoperability and medieval manuscripts!? www.books-on-books.com
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Bookmark - The Vatican's 5,300 digitized rare manuscripts

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When it comes to manuscripts, the Vatican Library is no less an embarrassment of riches. But unlike the art collections, most of these have been completely inaccessible to the public due to their rarity and fragility. That’s all going to change, now that ancient and modern conservation has come together in partnerships like the one the Library now has with Japanese company NTT DATA.
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Bookmarking Book Art - The Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles

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Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California, the first large-scale museum survey of the importance of Southern California artists on the development of book arts, is currently on display at The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles. The exhibit is organized around four contextual themes: conceptual art; feminism; process and technology; and community and collaboration, and features over 100 artists’ books (unique and mass editions), altered and sculptural books, zines, and artist-driven publications made in Southern California between the 1960s and present day.
Robert Bolick's insight:
Sasha Ali's short, good review of this exhibition makes you wish the 100 artists' books could be packed up after its close on 7 May and delivered to a site near you. Shown above is Suzanne Lacy's "Rape Is" (1976), "sold as a sealed publication with the word 'rape' printed in capital letters on a red sticker" whose tearing in the opening of the book Lacy intended to echo the violence that is the act of rape. www.books-on-books.com
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