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"Oh yeah, I’m reading that…"

May 4th, 2005 · No Comments

I’m one of those readers – someone who likes to talk about reading, but never actually manages to get any done. Except for the crack-cocaine-internet-brand of reading. But that’s lame. I buy new books, buy new books, buy new books – I’m not a library guy – always hoping to find a few moments to dive into something meaningful and engaging.

But it never seems to happen. If it’s not some work getting in the way, or a desire to hang out with my girls, or some chore to scratch off the list, it’s something, and so the books just get shuffled to the bottom of “The Pile” (see below for more on “The Pile”). I think that the big problem, as a designer, is that I LOVE BOOKS. The faint *crack* when you open a brand new one for the first time, the smell of fresh ink, the cleverly interpreted design of the cover jacket, the interesting printing techniques (if it has any kind of gloss/matte varnish trick, served up over a shallow depth of field macro image of some kind, I’m sold), all grab me as I wander through the stacks, saying BUY ME! BUY ME! BUY ME!And so I do.

And then it lands on “The Pile,” beside the bed (which should be renamed “The Compost,”) where interesting, usually-well-designed books go to languish, never to be read. So, with all this, it seems perfectly normal that I’m currently waiting on the delivery of two more compostables: How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers (beautifully bound in black leather), and Eleanor Rigby, by Douglas Coupland.They will land atop a 12-inch pile of books, which includes: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Dude, Where’s My Country, by Michael Moore, Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan, edited by Bruce Rutledge, and (for the parents out there), Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times, by Zoe Weil. There are many, many more* not currently in “The Pile,” having long ago graduated to “The Bookshelf,” which should also be renamed “The Wax Museum,” because they’ve long since had their spirit sapped dry by my inaction. So sad, but man, they look great!

The Many More List
The Stone Diaries
by Carol Shields
A Short History of the Printed Word
by Warren Chapell & updated by Robert Bringhurst
Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice
by Roy Miki and many more…

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