Friday, April 20, 2007

The book!

I just received my book today by courier (the store had held onto it in order to reattach the covers for me), and now that I actually have it, I love it even more than I'd anticipated; having the item here, in my home, and being able to hang out on my sofa and flip idly (if carefully) through it is just so different an experience than examining it in an antiquarian bookstore or rare books library. The book really ought to seem out of place here--among my selzer cans and CDs and unopened bills--but I think it's actually those everyday objects that transform it: no longer something to be examined only in a silent room, under somebody's watchful gaze, between the hours of 8 and 5, it now can be flipped idly through, picked up and set down again, and experienced, really, as it was supposed to be experienced.

And since I know y'all want to share that experience with me, here are a few pictures that don't at all do it justice, but that keep The Book, like myself, sufficiently pseudonymous:


Front cover. The bluish spots are just a result of the camera flash.



The introductory letter to the reader, obscured by my left hand (which also gives a sense of the book's dimensions).

Off to order some book supports. . .

12 comments:

phd me said...

Very, VERY, cool!

kfluff said...

Very cool indeed, to have your very own book--complete with aura. But girl, you gotta get you some sun!!

Ancarett said...

*envy*

Hit up Levenger for all the book paraphernalia necessary to showcase such a beauty!

Flavia said...

Kfluff:

Actually, that's a problem of the flash, too--I'm pale, but I'm not anywhere close to as pale as that pic suggests!

Still, the sun advice is timely.

Neophyte said...

Ohhh, Flavia, it's beautiful! Congratulations!

... I'm so jealous.

Maria said...

congrats! its a beautiful book.

i think the equivalent for me is getting an authentic map of kyoto,japan from the mid-late 19th century...i have tried looking on the internet once in a blue moon but some cost almost as much as your book.

:::sigh::: my only hope is that i find one relatively cheap within the next 12 months (before i leave japan!)

Scott Eric Kaufman said...

You early-period type people and infatuation with the materiality of the text. (And by "early" I only mean "earlier than me. Actually, I find it fascinating ... even if the smell of curing goat skin freaks me out.)

anthony grafton said...

It's gorgeous. Read it in good health!

Bardiac said...

Incredible! Congrats.

Tell us how it smells!

Materiality is important!

Elizabeth said...

you're white??!!

JustMe said...

that is sooo beautiful.

Heather said...

WTF??