Monday, July 12, 2010

Dan Waber's 'tiny booklets": The story not the storage.

Dan Waber has started a great little enterprise. These are biggy smalls. The large writ little. Handheld literary devices. His "tiny booklets" are just that. Tiny booklets. They each contain a 500-word story, or more than one. They sell for an American tooney. (Oh, yeah, they don't exist It'd be the same price as paying 40 wooden nickels.) They sell for $2 on Dan's online site.

So far, and knowing Dan, the series will expand rapidly, the series includes Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Paul Dutton, Martha Deed, Michael Aro, and Eileen R. Tabios. I've got two booklets in the series, each containing two short shorts. Something about chairs, convenience stores, anteaters, and a boy putting a pencil up another boy's nose.  I'd love to drop a whole bunch of these booklets from an airplane.

There are beautiful handcrafted books and then there are these short and sweet amuse bouches (amuse books?) which, while being simple yet beguiling little paper objects, are also the nano-epics for a miniature verbal world. The story is the thing, not the storage.


Image: My fingers are the foreboding bare branches, the shadowy talons which which hover over my daughter's spare tooth-bitten post-dinner watermelon sculpture of a bobsledding family on the moon of a plate going nowhere on the table between us.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Glyphomancy: For Nico (After Mendax__2)

Language is ubiquitous in every habitat on Earth, growing in soil, acidic hot springs, radioactive waste, water, and deep in the Earth's crust, as well as in organic matter and the live bodies of plants and animals. There are typically 40 million languages in a gram of soil and a million language cells in a millilitre of fresh water; in all, there are approximately five nonillion (5×1030) languages on Earth, forming much of the world's glyphomass. Language has a wide range of shapes, ranging from spheres to rods and spirals. Languages are vital in recycling thought, with many steps in communication cycles depending on language, such as the fixation of glyphs from the atmosphere and satisfaction. However, most languages have not been characterized, and only about half of the phyla of language have species that can be grown in the laboratory. The study of language is known as poetry, a branch of glyphomancy.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Barcode Gang

Oh, those wacky Barcode Kids, what will they do next?
Another for Satu Kaikkonen's Time for a Vispo challenge.