About Buzz Poole

Buzz Poole has written about books, design, art, and culture for numerous outlets, including Print, The Village Voice, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Millions. He is the author of the story collection I Like to Keep My Troubles on the Windy Side of Things; the New Statesman named his examination of unexpected iconography, Madonna of the Toast, one of 2007’s Best Underground Books.

Long Live Illustrated Books!

Last week on The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, Sam Sacks demanded: “Bring Back the Illustrated Book!” As far as I’m concerned the illustrated book never disappeared. If nothing else, today it is more alive than ever. Providing a brief history …

An Interview with Talking Covers Founder Sean Manning

As the author of a memoir and editor of a few anthologies that feature some of today’s most prominent writers, Sean Manning knows something about the book business. In May 2012, he started Talking Covers, a fascinating site dedicated to …

Robert Burley Photographs the End of Analog Photography

In 2010, the Canadian photographer Robert Burley, and others, traveled to Parsons, Kansas, to commemorate the end of an era, and to get film developed. At the height of Kodachrome’s popularity, according to this New York Times article, the film …

Modern Dog, Copyright, and the Burden of Proof

True story: Back in 1990, a cow from Edgerton, Minnesota, ended up at Walt Disney World, grazing away the rest of her life at places like Grandma’s Duck Farm and Magic Kingdom Park. The Holstein was named Minnie Moo because …

What Is the Essence of a Book?

Over the last couple of months, I have been picking my way through I Read Where I Am, “82 reflections on the future forms of reading.” In the book, some contributors claim that we read less than we used to, …

The Importance of Impossible Structures

Two new, and very different, books—Sky High and Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawings—each rely on illustration and imagination to make the case for how impossible architectural structures raise, and isolate, ideas that demand attention. Sky High is a children’s book for …

Ultimate Expression: Polaroid, Google, and A New American Picture 

Say the word “Polaroid” today and it evokes genuine nostalgia that reaches back to 1948, when the Land Camera, the first camera capable of providing pictures more or less instantly, hit the market—and it simultaneously conjures a contemporary retro-chic aesthetic …

The Graphic Canon: An Anthology to Read and Look At

In his introduction to the middle volume in the planned three-part The Graphic Canon (out this month from Seven Stories Press), the series’ editor, Russ Kick, writes, “Classic literature is more exciting, relevant, and subversive than it generally gets credit.” Agreed. If people …

"We Hate Everything": A Visual History of Punk

“A Punk Etymology,” slipped into the back of Punk: An Aesthetic, informs readers that Shakespeare used the word in Measure for Measure—“My lord, she may be a punk, for many of them are neither maid, widow, nor wife.” That was …

Designing Your Vote

I know all you Imprint readers are hawkeyed visual people. I trust you are equally politically attuned, no matter your party affiliation. And in this age of the 24-hour media cycle, who needs reminding that it is an election year, …