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Two New Photo Books Show Two Different Americas

Photography’s role in shaping American identity can be explored from multiple perspectives. These two new books - "Dorothea Lange" and "The Big Picture" - present both the enthusiastic embrace of distinctly American idealism and the devastating results of how such fervor left too many people with nothing.

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I Like It. What is It? and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season, the Holidaze, time to tuck into sweets and sales, and, hopefully, carve out some time for rest and relaxation with friends and family. It’s easy to be cynical about this last month of the year but who doesn’t like receiving gifts, especially thoughtful ones? For the bookish, design-minded readers in your...

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City As Canvas: The Martin Wong Collection of New York Graffiti

  On February 5, 2014, the Museum of the City of New York will launch City As Canvas, an exhibit dedicated to the Martin Wong Collection. Wong, a painter in his own right, first started befriending graffiti writers in the early 1980s when he worked at Pearl Paints, recognizing and valuing the undeniable vibrancy...

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Fetishizing Books

The book publishing industry still doesn’t really know what to do with itself. But people continue to read and books remain relevant. The manifestation of that relevance can take many different shapes, as documented in all of these books about books.

The History of Graphic Design

Laurence King Publishing recently released two “mini format” editions of books originally published ten years ago: “American Modernism” by R. Roger Remington and “No More Rules” by Rick Poynor. The two books pair well because they make clear how, and why, approaches to graphic design, particularly in America, developed between 1920 at the end...

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 of how novelists of yore often worked closely with artists, Sacks writes, “the interplay...