On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes, reviewed by William F. Meehan. Nicholas A. Basbanes has written about books in every possible context, the trilogy—A Gentle Madness (1995), Patience and Fortitude (2001), and A Splendor of Letters (2003)—establishing him an authority on manuscript and print material. Basbanes’s books about books... Read more.
Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundation of the Digital Arts edited by Hannah B. Higgins and Douglas Kahn, reviewed by Salvador P. Barragan. Before the dawn of MAGIX, MakeMusic, IOGraphica, and AI poem (software that creates music, art and poetry) there existed a group of explorers, essentially mavericks, who stormed the bastille of art and computer technology. This small motley group of artists... Read more.
Historical Types from Gutenberg to Ashendene by Stan Knight, reviewed by Peter F. McNally. That the book is a physical object whose design and construction require study and analysis is the underlying assumption of this study. Despite the competing claims for social and cultural analysis by book historians, bibliographers and graphic designers continue to insist that... Read more.
El Dedalo y su ovillo: ensayos sobre la palpitante cultura impresa en la Argentina by Alejandro E. Parada, reviewed by David Block. Alejandro E. Parada is a professor attached to the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas of the University of Buenos Aires. For nearly two decades he has researched and published on Argentine intellectual history... Read more.