Picturing the Record Collector: Dust & Grooves by Eilon Paz

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Born out of his successful website of the same name photographer Eilon Paz has now collected a healthy sampling of his portraits of record collectors from around the world in his debut book; Dust and Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting.

130 vinyl collectors are featured, each in the friendly confines of their record rooms. The first section of the books focuses on the visuals while the second part features 12 in-depth interviews which lets us in as to “what motivates record collectors to keep digging for more records.”

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As to the success and important role of the Dust & Grooves website:

Dust & Grooves has engaged and connected the underground community of record collectors. As well as becoming a go-to place for vinyl lovers, it maintains the integrity and history of vinyl, as well as the musical heritage that goes along with every record in these collections. As technology moves forward and many music formats go digital, Eilon’s endeavor helps keep the rich, warm, analog life of vinyl spinning.

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The party starts on Record Store Day, with the book being the “Official Book of Record Store Day,” with a launch event at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn featuring sets from over 20 dj’s.

Welcome to vinyl heaven!

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The Most Challenged Books in our Schools and Libraries for 2013


At first glance you might think it was a list of some of the better selling books but these are the top 10 most frequently challenged books at American libraries and schools for 2013.

The list is compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and from the over 300 challenges across the country in 2013 these are the top 10.

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1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dave Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

The “FREADOM” poster is by Roger Roth
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Poetry from Portland – Part 2: Tavern Books

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Founded by Carl Adamshick and Michael McGriff, Tavern Books is a publisher dedicated to “printing, promoting, and preserving works of literary vision.”

They are well aware that books are more than words and pay close attention to the design and printing in an effort to “create books that are exceptionally beautiful and a joy to hold. ”

They commission original artwork for every title they publish, and rightly believe that “the dialog between image and text is an essential, meaningful element of a reader’s experience.”

Both Adamshick and McGriff are accomplished poets in their own right who along with the Dickman twins, Michael and Matthew, make up the Portland 4 and are at the core of the blossoming poetry scene both here in the Northwest and across the country.

Here is a selection of titles from their Living Library series and a look at their The Honest Pint subscription series edited by Matthew Dickman where for the price of one pint of beer or an exotic espresso drink you can get real life prose written by a contemporary author that celebrates the work of a poet delivered straight to your door!


Duino Elegies by Rainer Marie Rilke.Translated from the German by Gary Miranda.

Begun in 1912, interrupted by the Great War, and completed early in 1922, the ten meditations on love and death in Rilke’s Duino Elegies are perhaps the twentieth century’s most sustained outpouring of lyricism.

Six Minute Poems: The Last Poems by George Hitchcock

This collection showcases the most representative of Hitchcock’s final poems, some of which were scrawled into journals, others of which were spoken and recorded.

 For the Living and the Dead by Tomas Tranströmer

John F. Deane’s translation of Tomas Tranströmer’s 1989 collection For the Living and the Dead (För levande och döda) originally appeared with The Dedalus Press (Ireland) in 1994. Published in the United States for the first time, this new edition contains a revised translation as well as a new introduction and translator’s note.

Buson : Haiku by Yosa Buson. Translated from the Japanese by Franz Wright

This collection of thirty-nine haiku from Yosa Buson showcases the mastery, delicacy, and mystery of one of Japan’s greatest and most deeply admired poets. With this publication, Pulitzer Prize winner Franz Wright offers readers a new avenue into one of poetry’s essential voices.

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 Skin by Tone Škrjanec, translated from the Slovene by Matthew Rohrer and Ana Pepelnik.

Originally published in Slovenia in 2006 as Koža, Skin is Tone Škrjanec’s first full-length collection to appear in English. This one is due out in June and worth keeping an eye out for.

and now for a look at The Honest Pint:

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The first offering:

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a sampler:

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Poetry from Portland  - Part 1: Division Leap
Poetry from Seattle: Wessel & Lieberman and Wave Books

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Poetry from Portland – Part 1: Division Leap

We move a little south for our second offering Of Interest for National Poetry Month. This time we feature two of the shining and rising stars of the Portland poetry scene, Division Leap and Tavern Books

First up:

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frank stanfordThe Singing Knives. by Frank Stanford. Lost Roads Press, 1979. $200

The second edition of Stanford’s first published book, originally published by Mill Mountain Press in 1971. This edition, published shortly after Stanford’s death, adds two poems which did not appear in the 1971 edition, and also appends a 4 pp. afterword concerning Stanford’s life and work. The cover and construction of the book differ considerably from both the first and subsequent edition.

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[poster for Poetry Marathon at the Camden Festival, London, May 1969].  $200.

Announcement for an extraordinary poetry event organized by Couzyn for the London Poetry Secretariat as part of the Camden Festival at the Round House Chalk Farm. Participants listed include Zukofsky, Kenneth Koch, Bob Cobbing, Henri Chopin, Hugh MacDiarmid, Adrian Henri, Jeff Nuttall, Adrian Mitchell (of the Liverpool Scene), Charles Causley, and (leading a workshop) George Macbeth.

Girl CalendarThe 1967 Game Calendar. by Joe Brainard & Kenward Elmslie. Np: 1967. $125.

Great collaboration between Brainard and Elmslie in the form of a girlie calendar – each bold and scantily clad woman matched with a four line poem.

poetry olympicsPoetry Olympics Vol. 1. London: All Round Records, 1982. $75.

Scarce punk poetry album documenting the first Poetry Olympics held at the Young Vic Theatre in London.

barbara guestThe Blue Stairs. Barbara Guest. Corinth Press, 1968.  $75.

One of 100 copies signed and numbered by Guest at the colophon. A mind-blowing book, with a beautiful cover by Helen Frankenthaler.

Hurrah PatchenHurrah for Anything  by Kenneth Patchen. Jonathan Williams, 1957.  $75 

Inscribed by the publisher, Jonathan Williams in the year of publication: “For William Sassen who will find Patchen’s world not too far from Satie’s. Best regards, Jonathan Williams April 1957.”

coming attractionsComing Attractions: An Anthology of American Poets in Their Twenties. Dennis Cooper & Tim Dlugos, eds.Los Angeles: Little Caesar, 1980.  $50.

Inscribed by contributor Wayne McNeil to a an early contributor to Little Caesar. Superlative anthology.

jim carrol ups4 Ups and 1 Down. by Jim Carroll. Angel Hair Books, 1970. $300.

Mimeographed, printed on recto only. Stab stapled wraps. One of 300 copies, with the cover illustrated with a photomontage by Donna Dennis.

charles plymmelApocalypse Rose by Charles Plymell. Dave Haselwood, 1966.  $200.

Inscribed by Plymell to Doug Blazek – an excellent association between two poet publishers who both published each other.

 Lots more poetry from Division Leap here

Previously on Of Interest:
Poetry from Seattle:Wessel & Lieberman and Wave Books

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Happy Birthday to an American Classic: The Great Gatsby

gatsby coverThe cover of the 1925 first edition

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby was published today, April 10th, in 1925. Since then the book has infiltrated almost every corner of popular culture.

Here’s a handy flow-chart of the characters:

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and a screenshot from a 1987 NES video game:

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Cheers to you Mr. Fitzgerald!

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A trio of book sculptures by Rosie Leventon


Rosie Leventon is one of the new-breed of green artists cropping up around the world.

Her work is deeply “grounded in a sensitive concern for the natural environment and how we use it.” She “sees her work as interweaving a kind of personal archaeology with the archaeology of contemporary society and the physical archaeology of places.”

She is all about using local and recycled materials and resources whenever possible.

Here’s a look at three of her bookish “recycled sculptures.”

For SOMEWHERE A DOOR SLAMMED Leventon created a tower of paperbacks, mostly of the romance variety.

In it are regular shaped windows on two sides which allow a view into the interior. The titles of the books are visible on the outside of the walls, and looking through the windows people can see the pages of the books have been roughly carved – softened – so that they may look a bit like flat pieces of stone or an ancient ruin.


Next up is A LONG WAY FROM THE BATHROOM,  a series of installations whose title comes from a phrase found on the first page of one of the books used.

Piles of recycled paperbacks are piled up into stacks and then center is hollowed out and carved into a saucer-like spherical negative shape, reminiscent of a crop circle.

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and finally we have the F2 TYPHOON EUROFIGHTER, an installation currently in progress.

For this gem:

 the books are carved by hand so that the pages and print are visible, to form a concave curve from the top of the books pile to the floor. As the curved surface reaches the floor it dissolves into paper dust. The whole forms a negative relief of a multi-role combat aircraft currently deployed in countries such as Libya, the Falkland Islands and Albania.

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When Technology Kills Language: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

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Sometimes the word is the thing. The bridge. Sometimes we only know what we feel once it’s been said. Words may be the daughters of the earth instead of heaven. but they’re not dim. And even in the faintest shimmer, there is light. - Anana Johnson

Alena Graedon’s debut novel is a powerful harbinger of the dangers of turning too much of our lives over to technology and the barons who control it. Called “a dystopian novel for the digital age,” the book grapples with the immense toll technology is taking on our language, our thoughts and our ability to communicate.

Set in New York in the not-too-distant future in a world nearly void of printed material, the book centers on  Anana Johnson who works with her father Doug at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL).

Doug, a classic luddite, is hard at work at preparing the final edition of NADEL when he disappears.

The NADAL was the last of its kind. All other U.S. dictionaries had had of course been folded into Synchronic, Inc.’s Word Exchange by then–all language reference “tools” consolidated in one digital “marketplace.”

And what has taken the place of print? The void is filled with handheld devices called Memes that double as communication devices and as a predictors of need. The device can also spread disease and is responsible for unleashing the “word flu,” a malady that eats away at your language skills.  Before you know it gibberish has infiltrated your speech.

To recover one has to have visit a marketplace called the Word Exchange where you can fill in the linguistic holes by buying words; think of it as buying a vowel on Wheel of Fortune gone wild.

So the race is on, for Anana to find her dad and for Doug and his colleagues to come up with a cure.

The book is also steeped in the literary with Lewis Carroll and Samuel Johnson (the father of the dictionary) references throughout and the novel culminates in Oxford (the home of the English Dictionary).

The Word Exchange is published by Doubleday

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Understanding Poetry (After Mark Strand)

The latest from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics.  Done in honor of National Poetry Month and inspired by one of Snider’s favorite poems, “The New Poetry Handbook” by Mark Strand.

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FOMO: The next disruptive technology for the publishing industry?


The FOMObile

It stands for Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and could be the next disruptive technology for the publishing industry.

It makes its debut at Design Week in Milan and will “trawl content from social media” and the scheduled programming to produce a newspaper that will be distributed for free.

The software, developed by Space Caviar, “will automatically create written articles from live speech and social media streams” during the three-day event.

FOMO will use voice recognition software, combined with information scraped from online data including tweets and instagram activity using the hashtag #OnTheFlyMilan, to automatically generate a PDF document.

This is will then be published on the FOMObile – a roving publishing press with its own built-in power generator and solar-powered wi-fi hotspot. The press will print each PDF, which will be saddle stitched on the spot before being distributed for free.


It’s like a slimmed down, mobile Espresso Book Machine on social steroids. Watch out!

Algorithmic journalism machine generates free FOMO newspaper in Milan -Dezeen

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A man, his camera and the library: Robert Dawson and the American Commons

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A public library can mean different things to different people. For me, the library offers our best example of the public commons. For many, the library upholds the nineteenth-century belief that the future of democracy is contingent upon an educated citizenry. For others, the library simply means free access to the Internet, or a warm place to take shelter, a chance for an education, or the endless possibilities that jump to life in your imagination the moment you open the cover of a book.  -  Robert Dawson

It is being billed as the most comprehensive visual survey of American libraries ever published. Since 1994 Robert Dawson has been photographing the public libraries of America. Over the years he has traveled to 48 states and imaged hundreds of them.

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Now, thanks to Princeton Architectural Press many of those are gathered in a new book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson. Aside from the powerful images the book features contributions by the likes of Bill Moyers, Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, E. B. White, Isaac Asimov, and Dr. Seuss among others.

And it immediately takes its place next to Candida Hofer’s Libraries as a classic in the field.

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Note: There are 100 color & 75 b/w illustrations in the books. For this post I leaned black-and-white.


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