Tag Archives: Codex

16 things about white space

1. White space is the name typesetters, typographers and type designers – artists of the black – give to a presence where we might expect an absence. We can, if we choose, see a shape where the mark has not been … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Publishing, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Film review: The Artist – back to the future

I have just been to see The Artist – brilliant, thoroughly recommended. It connects strongly with a major theme of this blog: people adapting (or not) to media change. OK, it’s set in the period 1927 to 1932 in pre- … Continue reading

Posted in Business | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Baskerville versus the Kindle versus the Medici Psalter – in praise of ordinariness

In my two previous posts I staged a mock battle between a 1760 book printed by John Baskerville and my Kindle. The ‘e-reader’, for a newcomer and late arrival, did surprisingly well, although I made no secret I like the … Continue reading

Posted in Publishing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baskerville versus the Kindle, Rounds 2–7, Hearing to Sustainability

In the previous post I pitted my Kindle against a book that is a minor masterpiece of eighteenth-century typography: John Baskerville’s 1760 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. I promise I went into this Battle of the Book-Related Christmas Presents with no preconceptions … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Publishing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baskerville versus the Kindle, Round 1: Seeing

I have been very kindly (Kindley?) given a Kindle for Christmas. Yes, I haven’t previously given the e-book phenomenon a good writeup. So this is a very good chance to get off some of my high horses and simply try to find … Continue reading

Posted in Publishing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘A page of good prose remains invincible’ 2

Craig Raine’s title poem ‘A Martian Sends a Postcard Home’ (Oxford University Press, 1979, p. 1) is an attempt at ‘making strange’ the old-known so it becomes the new-known. We look at the world through the eyes of an alien. If … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Publishing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘A page of good prose remains invincible’ 1

On April 27, 1982, less than two months before his death from cancer, John Cheever appeared at Carnegie Hall to accept the National Medal for Literature. While his colleagues stood and cheered (“John had nothing but friends,” said Malcolm Cowley), … Continue reading

Posted in Publishing, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment