EPILOGUE: the future of print

Last week I was browsing through Ms. Peacock Escapes, a great literary blog, and I found this wonderful documentary on the future of print with regards to books and booksellers.

This documentary was a student project by Hannah Ryu Chung and was produced in 2012. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and questions whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime. (It reminds me of Roger Ebert’s E-Book tweets from 2010.) It’s a very interesting film and well worth a watch.

Olympia Le-Tan

Olympia Le-Tan‘s book inspired bags have been seen in the hands of Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams (carrying The Misfits bag to the BAFTAs, where she was in the running for Best Actress for My Week With Marilyn) – three actresses with sterling fashion credentials. The beautifully constructed clutches are based on works of great literature and for a fashion obsessed writer like me these might just be perfect. I agree wholeheartedly with Susie Bubble when she says that if you’re going to carry one of these bags you should have actually read the book in question, so the below picks are books that I have read – I particularly love the pink Huxley clutch.

Le-Tan began her career in accessories at Chanel before launching her own eponymous label in 2009. She presented her first Ready To Wear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 3rd in Musée Nissim de Camondo in the grounds of Versailles and it was certainly eye-catching, not just because the models ended up taking the clothes off! In addition Le-Tan is designing a capsule collection for Net A Porter to be released in May. It looks like 2012 is gearing up to be her year.

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00
Junkie by William Burroughs (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Numbered Edition of 16) - €1,140.00

Brian Dettmer

I saw a link to this post on my friend’s Facebook page and was intrigued. Brian Dettmer creates art using books, knives, surgical implements and tweezers! He removes pages and carves out sections of encyclopedias, medical and illustration books, and dictionaries to create sculptural works. Dettmer’s work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe, including in the Museum of Art and Design (NY), Museum Rijswijh (Netherlands), Wellcome Collection (England) and The Bellevue Arts Museum (WA).

Needless to say, I want one.

Hot Guys Reading Books

Last Thursday night in a bar in Dublin, I ended up talking to a very tall man about how rare it is to find guys who like to read, especially younger guys.  I know a few male bookworms but not half as many as the girls.  It appears that there is evidence on the Internet that guys do read, and hot guys at that!  Check out Hot Guys Reading Books; “the blog that scours the internet for examples of luscious literary men and gathers the evidence in one place.”  And if you’re a candidate for the site, submit your photos here. The guidelines read as follows:

1. Photo must be of a guy.
2. The guy must be hot.
3. The hot guy must be reading.
4. The thing which he is reading must be a book.

They go on to say: “Not all submissions will be posted. Any submissions may be referred to the Team of Hotness Experts for consideration”.  I love it!