The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object

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Assembled by the brain trust of THE THING Quarterly‘s, Jonn Herschend & Will Rogan, The Thing The Book is a magical tribute to our favorite physical object, the printed book.

More than 30 “creative visionaries” were asked to contribute with each being assigned a different traditional element of a book. From endpapers to ribbon bookmarks to page numbers, no part of the codex is left untouched.

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Here’s a taste:

Ed Ruscha got the bookplate;

Jonathan Lethem got the footnotes;

Miranda July got the erratta slip;

Lawrence Weiner got the thumb tab;

John Baldessari got the epigraph;

Rick Moody got the endnotes.

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There are also plenty of essays and illustrations to round out this tribute making it a sure bet to be at or near the top of the heap when it comes to the Best Books about Books of 2014.

The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object is published by Chronicle Books.

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