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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Slave to aesthetics

The theme for this blog post is "Books that I think are supersupercrazy beautiful." The books to be discussed are so attractive and smart and interesting. I am completely smitten, about to crumble into a ball of goo...

But I won't!
I will hold myself together so I can tell you about these fantastic books!

Tate has recently released Nam June Paik, a survey of the artist's groundbreaking and experimental work. From the 60's to the 80's, Paik tackled the language of technology along with its inevitable influence and control.
I will show you the beautiful front cover and back cover, but you`ll have to come in the store to view the whole thing. The book is currently protected by plastic wrap and I want to keep it pristine for as long as possible. If you come in and ask, we will release the book from its shackles!



Le miroir de Mowgli by Ollie Schrauwen comes from the AMAZING French publishing company, atelier de bibliophilie popoulaire, who work primarily in screenprinting (Every single book in their catalogue seems like the greatest. My goodness.)


It`s about this guy, Mowgli, who finds himself in the jungle and becomes attached to a gorilla. They end up having a baby together (through absurdity and magic), but then they lose each other and Mowgli spends the rest of the book trying to find his family. It`s sweet, clever, sad, uplifting. And completely stunning to look at.


Last up comes a book from a bit of a different category: the magical world of mushrooms. Peter Roberts and Shelley Evans` The Book of Fungi is a guide to SIX HUNDRED species of fungi from around the world.



There are fungi that use raindrops to blast spores into the air and those that set traps for eelworms. There are some that help in the process of recycling and, as I'm sure many of you are aware, there are some that help in creating magical mind-bending experiences when ingested.


Enjoy! Give your eyes something wonderful to look at!

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