as one so afflicted, here's a group for people who use books for mail art purposes or even just labor under the yoke of book addiction, those yearning masses who amass books intended for reading but which, mostly just pile up.

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Vertical or horizontal?

Started by Mail Art Martha. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Jan 10. 3 Replies

What is better, to have a Tsundoku pile or line up your books along a shelf? My Tsundoku are on the top of my chest of drawers, but I have also a smaller collection on a pile inside a bookcase. I…Continue

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Comment by Ficus strangulensis on February 28, 2020 at 2:57pm

I don't imagine it will help -- but -- before I discovered HP 4x5" glossy photopaper [which they make for refilling their photobooth printers] I used to print cards on 4x6", unlined index cards. both inkjet and laser printed.

Comment by Mike Parsons on February 28, 2020 at 12:40pm

Frank Ching 1975 book - "de rigueur when (Heide) was in school." - a bit of a sacred texts for design students. 

Has anyone else copied an image onto cardstock (instead of cannibalizing the original) ?

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on February 24, 2020 at 9:28pm

Does this mean you'll be sending us chocolate devils food cake? One can always hope.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on February 24, 2020 at 8:39pm

I got these pages from an old cookery book from Bonniediva. We shall see if I have learned from you guys.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on February 24, 2020 at 8:31pm

I am not reading Ulysses on my own, Nancy, but with the help of many that have written about it and  published in the Internet. The beauty of the tablet is that I can jump from the ebook to the net in a click and back. The inconvenience is when I fall asleep and the tablet falls on my nose. Ouch!

MInd you, the book is probably just as heavy.

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on February 24, 2020 at 1:36pm

Oh, Bradford's entropy almost got lost below! I had to google to remind myself of its non-physics meaning: "lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder." It IS a great artist. Often the heart of art, in my book.

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on February 24, 2020 at 1:30pm

That's a wonderful way to describe it, Mike. I can't claim such carefulness, as a lot of experimenting goes on with painting, folding, tearing pages. Any part of the book still semi-intact when I find it tends to quickly fall off by itself during all that. I keep everything, though, and have a beautiful supply of parts of covers + spines and innards. I truly love that stuff but only occasionally use it, maybe because I just can't keep my hands off the paints.

Glad something good, reading, came of childhood sickness, Martha. That you're reading Ulysses on your own is impressive. I read/studied it in a seminar in school and needed all the help I could get via the thoughts of others as we went through it. The nearly worn-out copy is still on my shelf after all these years. It has lived in 9 apartments and 3 houses.    

Comment by Mail Art Martha on February 24, 2020 at 6:08am

Absolutely Mike!

Not sophisticated child, Nancy, just sick frequently. The only thing I could do was read.  The Ulysses I met through Lobato was the real one, the greek myth, only decided to read James Joyce recently because everybody says it is difficult. Could not resist the challenge.

I still read kiddies' books! No shame in that I tell myself.

Comment by Mike Parsons on February 23, 2020 at 1:27pm

feel like this group was created solely for you (me) ?

a public library withdrawn book becomes an art supply store ... carefully being deconstructed and thoughtfully repurposed.  Your thoughts?

Comment by Bradford on February 22, 2020 at 9:04pm

Entropy is a Great Artist!


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