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Literature as Environment

In The Lighter Side of Writing on August 7, 2010 at 12:52 am

I’ve been collecting books ever since my parents enrolled me in a book-of-the-month club when I was very young. Over the years, my collection has grown, which is a big hassle when it comes to moving. But the physical presence of my books comforts me. I can’t imagine living in a house without books. So I was tickled to see these two art installations of “book dwellings” by Prague-based artist Matej Kren: passage and book cell. I enjoyed tele well, too, but I think this one is made of phone books. I’m not sure though; this page has yet to be translated from Czechoslovakian. To see more book structures, see Kren’s curriculum vitae and scroll to the bottom. To see larger photos, visit When the shows are over, all books are returned to their original form so that they can be read.

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For the Writer Who Has Everything

In The Lighter Side of Writing on August 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I recently came across a unique gift for writers. Jane Mount, creator of Ideal Bookshelf, paints book portraits. Send her photos of the spines of your favorite books, perhaps childhood favorites, all the works of a beloved author, or what you read during a poignant period of your life. She could probably even paint a shelf full of the books you’reĀ going to write. Of course, you’d have supply her with those future titles. What great inspiration that would be!

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