Saturday, August 16, 2008

"One should never underestimate the power of books."

The Center for Book Arts, located at 28 West 27th Street, is offering a neat little exhibit for artists and bibliophiles, Artist As Publisher. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

The CBA is home to an actual printing press, and provides classes, workshops, and seminars for people interested in bookmaking.

You are supposed to wear special white gloves when looking at the books, but there is little to no supervision, a point of which Neil took advantage.

(The abovementioned quote is from Paul Auster's "The Brooklyn Follies," and I think it's very apt. Books have the power to suspend time, to resurrect the dead and lost, and do so in a tangible, textured manner. Unlike, say, blogs.)

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