Sunday, 11 January 2009

Everyone has a story to tell and that is why everyone is a potential book maker...

What is a book?

'A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page...
In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines, journals or newspapers.'

First the worst, second the best.
I say this because, I find the second half of this blog entry 1000 times more interesting than the first, however...I still thought the first half was important, but the second is inspiring (to me)

The Librarian - Giuseppe Archimboldo

'A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or a philobiblist, or, more informally, a bookworm.'

# Subject: What is a book?
# From: "Judith B. Kerman"
# Date: Mon, 10 Apr 1995 12:49:25 -0400 (EDT)
"...the intimacy of the book - that you hold it in your hands, you touch the medium...
...the interaction between you and the page is so private..."

"...a book structures the reader's attention in time, in a way that's
like's like theatre, dance, music..."
A Book

by Adelaide Love

A book, I think, is very like
A little golden door
That takes me into places
Where I've never been before.

It leads me into fairyland
Or countries strange and far
And, best of all, the golden door
Always stands ajar.

Epitaph for Benjamin Franklin

"The body of Benjamin Franklin
Like the covering
Of an old book
Its contents torn out
And stript of its lettering
And gilding
Lies here, food for worms;
But the work
Shall not be lost,
It will (as he believed)
Appear once more,
In a new
And more beautiful edition,
Corrected and amended
By the author."

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

"Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,
And find delight writ there with beauty's pen.
Examine every married lineament,
And see how one another lends content,
And what obscured in this fair volume lies
Find written in the margin of his eyes.
This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
To beautify him, only lacks a cover.
The fish lives in the sea, and 'tis much pride
For fair without the fair within to hide.
That book in many's eyes doth share the glory
That in golden clasps locks in the story.
So shall you share all that he doth possess,
By having him making yourself no less."

Lady Capulet talking to Juliet, compares the young lover's face
to a most captivating book and invites her to read in it with delight.

Edward Hutchins -
"Heaven knows I've tried to make conventional books, but every time I start, illustrations pop off the page, pages unfold like origami, and letters take three-dimensional shape."

"...We need: shape books, counting books, puppet books, unfolding star books, journals, diaries, action books, books with pockets, tunnel books, collage books, single-sheet structures, non-adhesive bindings, slab books, stab books, rotating wheel books, Egyptian name scrolls, Pre-Columbian time lines, cloth books, dos-a-dos bindings, and the ever ubiquitous: codex."

I found a Lot of quotes about books...but I found only a few that interested me...

"I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."
Charles Dickens

"It is with the reading of books, the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful."
Vincent van Gogh

"Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty."
George Bernard Shaw

So...A book is...?

...A Collection of sheets
...A Librarian
...A Performance
...A Golden Door
...Benjamin Franklin
...Romeo and Juliet
...Backs and Covers
...Perfect Truth

"...Every book is a failure..."
George Orwell

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