I am currently in NYC and just purchased Milan Kundera’s (somewhat) new book Encounter. I had already spotted this book yesterday but had decided to hold off on the purchase. However, I am a chronic book-shopper and found myself at said bookstore today. My eyes lighted upon Encounter again except only one copy was left! I immediately knew I had to purchase the book today. So I battled through the crowd and managed to sneak my arm between two strangers and grab hold of the book.
I am excited to start reading it and think it is a book particularly relevant to artists.
Moreover, the book itself – as an item or object – is quite tantalizing. The cover is simple and the blue/orange/black text scheme is very tasteful as well as different than the usual profusion of colors, fonts, and (photoshopped) imagery. The texture of the paper is not smooth and its slightly corrugated feel is a reminder of less industrialized times – something less mechanized. I particularly like the unclean cut edges of the actual paper inside the book as it reminds me of those 19th-century publications I have spent so much time pouring over.