Exquisite Printing And Possible Hiatus

This afternoon I’ll point to River Seven Press’s digital images of John Baskerville’s 1761 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, printed by Cambridge University Press. This on the same day that I happened on a facsimile edition of J. C. LeBlon’s L’Art d’Imprimer des tableaux that I resisted buying — not being in a…

Mitigated Excitement

The Perseus Project, which Jorn Barger himself has excoriated for its frustrating user interface (“created by academics who seem incapable of communicating simply and directly,” “almost entirely unreadable: very short pages, clumsy navigation, opaque urls, and a shrunken fontsize”), offers its software and database for download under open-source and Creative-Commons licenses — great!   But…

Links Tripleheader

Three thematically-related links have crossed the threshold of my attention recently, and have resonated particularly powerfully with me given my current academic liminality.   First, Inside Higher Education notes that this year, the number of full-time administrators has for the first time exceeded the number of full-time faculty employed in higher education. Follow-up data on…

Bliss

I’ve gotten some challenging news over the past few weeks, so I cling to small pleasures where I can find them. This morning’s small pleasure actually solves, elegantly, a problem I’ve bemoaned here several times. (I appreciate your indulgence in tolerating my persistent concern over a design vexation.)   Cheap Impostor, my favorite among page-imposition…

Doesn’t Follow

Does the Clinton campaign’s illogical propaganda bother anyone else? I keep hearing that Obama shouldn’t be nominated because he hasn’t won a primary in one of the big states (NY, TX, OH, CA). But in those states, Obama wasn’t running against John McCain — he was running against Hillary Clinton, and if he can draw…

LaRue The Day

Our neighborhood mechanic may have thought that he was in for a big payday when we had our Subaru overhauled in February, but since then we’ve been back four or five times to have the cooling system brought back to life. When I dropped it off this afternoon for the latest visit, the poor guy…

Type Year Two

Typographica.org has announced its own list of twenty-four exemplary typefaces from last year. Open a link to the Type Directors Club selections in a new tab; compare and contrast. You have one hour; at the end of the hour, I will collect your essays, whether you are still writing or not.

Status Quaestionis

Over the past couple of weeks a lot of people have asked me how Seabury’s recent announcements affect me and Margaret and Pippa. I’ve been corresponding with Seabury Headquarters, and this is where we come out.   Seabury will need to cut faculty. I’m a full professor who teaches an area that Seabury is confident…

Commonplaces

I’m starting a category for “Commonplaces,” so that I can store and share online the snips that I want to store someplace retrievable — and to begin the category, I want to quote from the FAQ of Tom Matrullo’s late lamented “Commonplaces” blog:   A common-place book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without,…