Editor David Shook showcases the world’s first mobile poetry emporium, The Poetry Takeaway, which appeared at 2012′s Poetry Parnassus in London
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Drik Gallery hosts the first ever Bangladesh Cartoon Fest, and The Dhaka Art Center features Samir Aich
At Chora, I purchased the inaugural issue of The Istanbul Review, edited by Hande Zapsu Watt, now available at many government-owned tourism sites in greater Istanbul. The 200+ page glossy includes brief interviews with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gerhard Schröder, Elif Shafak, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Banana Yoshimoto, and an annoying Paolo Coelho. Highlights of the issue include [...]
This November sees the release in paperback of Robert Walser’s Selected Stories (FSG Classics, $15), with a peculiarly pleasing semi-plasticized cover-stock. It includes well over thirty of Walser’s often very short stories and essays, including pieces about aviators, pimps, and poets, the last of which recounts his knowledge of “a poet, the author of most captivating verses, [...]
Pat Sweet, founder and publisher of Bo Press, discusses her love for miniature books, her eclectic “dog’s breakfast” list of titles, and the miniature as object.
Watercolorist and writer Irving Stettner ran the fun-loving, zine-style magazine Stroker—with its motto, “Every word like a Crackerjack box—with a surprise!”—from 1974 until his passing in 2002, publishing work by Henry Miller, Paul Bowles, Charles Bukowski, and many others. Issue 33 (1986) contained a pair of letters from his close friend Henry Miller.
Erica Baum raises the dog-ear to new heights of artfulness. Roland Barthes mourns his mother, whom he lived with all his life. John Gallas tells lies by the bushel. David Shook profiles three recent books from Ugly Duckling Presse, Hill and Wang, and Carcanet.
Brian Hewes offers a review in photos of Christian Chaudahari’s new zine Ai Weiwei, Newly Released, a crash course on the dissident Chinese artist’s work, aesthetics, and recent incarceration, as well as the politics surrounding contemporary Chinese art culture.
From Start to Here, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts 25th Anniversary Broadside Portfolio showcases a wide range of book arts techniques including typeset letterpress printing, hand papermaking, calligraphy, wood engraving, reductive linocut and many others.
Snapshots of art books on calligraphy, Islam, and text in art, from publishers Prestel, Reaktion, and Sylph Editons, selected for their conversation with each other.
Mao Zedong said, “My poems are so stupid—you mustn’t take them seriously.” But Willis Barnstone has to great effect. Brief reviews of his new translation, Jonathan Stalling’s debut collection, and Young Chinese Artists.
Ivan Brunetti, the cartoonist whose work ranges from cute to morally questionable (see his book Ho!), has written a small, instructional book called Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. Geoff Gossett, the lesser-known cartoonist whose work is mostly just morally questionable, has written a small review.