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Books, Design and Culture

August 23, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

The Creative Review previews an exhibition of the graphic design of the Eames opening at the PM Gallery in London next month. Gravity — A profile of playwright Tom Stoppard, at Intelligent Life: He gets the old books he needs … Continue reading

March 7, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

J. David Spurlock on the great Wally Wood at Imprint: In nearly all of his work – no matter how overworked he was – even when he did risque material, there was always a charm, and he imbued the work … Continue reading

May 18, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Juggling — The multi-tasking Charlotte Strick,  art editor of The Paris Review, art director at Faber & Faber and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and book designer,  interviewed at From The Desk Of… Genre — China Miéville, on his new book … Continue reading

March 2, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

The new cover for Daniel Clowes’ The Death Ray available this fall from Drawn + Quarterly. (The usual disclosure: D+Q is distributed in Canada by my employer Raincoast Books). The Enemy of Creativity — Jim Holt reviews Nicholas Carr’s The … Continue reading

January 31, 2011
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Monday Miscellany

These are mostly links I was going to post on Friday, but with a long post on Mendelsund and a last minute WordPress fail (to add to all the usual pressures of part-time blogging) I thought I might as well … Continue reading

December 31, 2010
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Favourite New Books of 2010

Ducking in just under the wire, here is my list of favourite of new books of the year. It’s not meant to represent the “best” of 2010. Rather, it’s a completely unscientific, very subjective list of books (arranged in alphabetical … Continue reading

August 13, 2010
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The Books That Made Me: China Miéville

China Miéville, author of one of my favourite novels this past year The City and the City, talks to Claire Armitstead about the six books that inspired him for a new Guardian Books podcast series ‘The Books That Made Me’. … Continue reading

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