Friday November 19th, 2010

In the Ether

holdenDan Wagstaff interviews book designer Clare Skeats. (“Its always a thrill to get asked to do a classic. I also like first-time authors (as there’s no baggage), and books about really odd subjects: invisible dogs, menopause, suicide, unicorns … bring it on.”) . . .James Morrison interviews Nick Morley, an artist who works with linocuts and etchings and is getting more involved in book illustration. . . . Maud Newton packs a lot of interesting objects onto her spare, neatly organized desk. . . . Publisher Scott Pack has an idea this site can get behind: The Library of Lost Books. . . . The Paris Review talks to Christopher Sorrentino about his entry in a new series of books about popular films. Sorrentino wrote about Death Wish. In the interview, The French Connection is mentioned, and Sorrentino says, “I really don’t like that movie.” Does. Not. Compute. . . . Jonathan Safran Foer has a new book coming out in January. It’s really an old book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, literally cut up into a new book by Foer. The production looks quite innovative. Foer’s discussion of it, unsurprisingly, is quite precious. (”Q: What is it about the die-cutting method that appealed to you? A: That’s like saying to somebody, ‘What about the way that you just kissed me was good?’”) . . . In the wake of Patti Smith winning the National Book Award, Macy Halford links to a profile of the musician and writer in The New Yorker.