Despatches

01Aug07
  • the photographer Cara Barer makes images of books as objects in a state of flux, raising questions about their possible obsolescence as repositories of knowledge. But as you look at these worn pages that flicker before you, scrolling into folds and curlicues, or forming into dense impacted masses, they begin to seem like living things, beckoning us deeper and deeper into themselves. Via deeplinking.Romance
  • like some anti-Perec, artist Justin Quinn makes visual transcriptions of Melville’s Moby Dick composed entirely of the letter ‘E’. These turbulent, compulsive forms suggest a reading of language itself as the leviathan in God’s mocking question to Job: Canst thou draw out Leviathan with an hook? Via Moon River.Chapter 54 or 6618 times E
  • a coincident discovery: Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin, reviewed in the New Yorker.
  • a plethora of bibliophilic links at the Digital Librarian. In fact, there’s even more than I thought.
  • Great War Fiction, a research blog about the literature of the First World War.
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