Here's a little more purple for you. This is a morning glory growing up a post in my neighbor's yard. I've heard this vine is actually a noxious weed, and impossible to get rid of, but boy, is it pretty.
The New York Times had a couple of book-related articles I enjoyed today. First of all, a story about The Rock Bottom Remainders, a band whose members include Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom and Roy Blount, Jr. The band's website advertises their (Still Younger Than Keith) 15th anniversary tour, the proceeds of which benefit children's literacy programs. Though the NY Times article says, "in truth the Rock Bottom Remainders are not terrible, and harbor a certain amount of genuine talent," it sounds like these guys shouldn't quit their day jobs. But it also sounds like they have a lot of fun.
Another article, entitled "Waxing Philosophical, Booksellers Face the Digital", is about BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual convention. There was one little section of the article that captured my imagination:
In a pavilion outside the main exhibit hall Jason Epstein, the former editorial director of Random House and the creator of the Anchor Books paperback imprint, and Dane Neller, founders of OnDemandBooks.com, demonstrated their Espresso Book Machine, which can print a small paperback book on site in less than five minutes. “This could replace the entire supply chain that has been in existence since Gutenberg,” Mr. Epstein said.
Chris Morrow, whose parents founded Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt., three decades ago, said he would be installing one of the machines. He said he planned to print local histories and Northshire-brand titles from the public domain, like “Middlemarch” or “Moby-Dick.”
I want to get me one of those machines! Making your own books, now that sounds like a dream come true.
My friend Julie forwarded me the URL for this very interesting blog about book design, called Book By Its Cover. I particularly enjoyed the children's section. Thanks, Julie!