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Second Book

It is quite obvious the first book for our little Book Club didn’t go as succesfully as we would have wanted it to be. Perhaps it was bad timing. Perhaps the fact that it was our first attempt at it. But we would never give up that easily.

Now comes the choice of our second [attempt] book. As mentioned in the Book Club’s main page somebody is going to be the Guest Editor of this new book. Whoever is interested in taking on this role can propose their book of preference and then we will decide who gets it. Please state if you are interested in being the Editor. So, if you are going to propose something you best be ready to carry on the responsibilities that come with it. A few of them are:

- Being ahead of everybody else in the reading

- Preparing questions for each session

- Monitoring the discussion

It’s really not as hard as it sounds but somebody has to do it. With this said, all proposals are now welcome.

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PUBLISHED ON May.11.2003 BY Armin
joy olivia’s comment is:

I wholeheartedly recommend -- and would be willing to guest edit a discussion of -- Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

It's not exactly a new book, having been released in 2001, but it was so moving that I have read it twice since first discovering it two summers ago.

From the back cover: "History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old Griet, the world of the 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings."

Here are just some of the reasons why I suggest we give it a whirl.

- QUALITY: The descriptions are so vivid, you'll feel like you're in the Delft yourself.

- PRICE: It's older and therefore easy to pick-up at used from your local bookstore (or Amazon) if you're pinchin' pennies.

- VISUAL: Talk about descriptive! Even though it's historical fiction, you will find yourself examining the front cover each time you flip the page to try to discover more about the painting's subject, who just also happens to be the story's narrator.

- OPINION: From the reviews I've read (both from critics and random readers at Amazon), folks are divided about this book and about Vermeer. What better potential fodder to work from, or perhaps even inspire, our book club's next discourse!

On May.11.2003 at 03:28 PM
pnk’s comment is:

I think whatever we pick should probably be a little weightier than The Cheese Monkeys; part of the problem for me was that the book just wasn't that good, so it didn't feel worth hanging too much thought on. (For my money Kidd could have distilled all of the design lectures into one good essay and it would have been sufficient. I kept feeling that the whole plot-and-characters thing was more obligatory than heartfelt.)

Joy's suggestion sounds potentially very good.

On May.12.2003 at 10:41 AM
Sam’s comment is:

I agree with PK. Also, I think the timeframe was too long, since it was such a qucik book to read. I'd forgotten what I had to say by the time I had to say it. This happens to me all the time, though.

Joy's suggestion sounds good. I know nothing about Vermeer, though, so I imagine my opinions would most likely only be on the fictional/literary side rather than art and history. I do like the idea of reading not-strictly-design books.

Anyone up for a little Borges? Itall Calvino, also good for the visually inclined.

On May.12.2003 at 10:56 AM
Sam’s comment is:

Italo Calvino.

Drunk at noon again...

On May.12.2003 at 10:57 AM
pnk’s comment is:

On a somewhat-related note: the latest Emigre has been really on my mind a lot lately. I think this "book" could easily form a pretty good basis for discussion. Or maybe there is a better place for this...

On May.12.2003 at 10:57 AM
armin’s comment is:

Not to knock Joy's suggestion, but what about something more designy?

There were some interesting propositions in the original post for the Book Club. Again, I'm not against Joy's suggestion, I just want to see if we can get a broader choice.

On May.12.2003 at 01:15 PM
brook’s comment is:

i would agree that it joy's suggestion doesn't seem relevant. but maybe she's just not making a good enough case for it yet.

On May.12.2003 at 01:20 PM
rebecca’s comment is:

On Book Design by Richard Hendel is a pleasant read and a nice resource. Eight designers discuss their work process; their essays are accompanied by many beautiful illustrations.

On May.12.2003 at 02:57 PM
rebecca’s comment is:

Wait a minute. Guest editor? I should have read the whole post before commenting....

On May.12.2003 at 02:59 PM
Dean’s comment is:

There were some interesting propositions in the original post for the Book Club.

Design Writing Research by Lupton and Miller, for instance...

On May.13.2003 at 09:55 AM
Eric’s comment is:

I think the idea of a Design Book Club is great. I didn't participate earlier because i'd already read the Chip Kidd book and it REALLY wasn't worth reading again.

I would eagerly participate in discussions about design related topics. However, the idea of reading art-based-fiction has little appeal for me -- but then i also work in a gallery.

On May.13.2003 at 11:38 AM
armin’s comment is:

>On a somewhat-related note: the latest Emigre has been really on my mind a lot lately. I think this "book" could easily form a pretty good basis for discussion. Or maybe there is a better place for this...

I think I would very much agree. I just started reading it and it is good. I think it would make for an excellent discussion, there is a loooooot of stuff to talk about. And yes, I would be the guest editor. But I would be more than willing to pass the torch to somebdy else. Anybody?

On May.14.2003 at 08:29 AM
armin’s comment is:

Any other recommendations?

On May.15.2003 at 09:32 AM
Sam’s comment is:

I'm down for "Rant" but I protest the bad kerning between the R and A on the cover.

On May.15.2003 at 09:41 AM
Sam’s comment is:

Oh and I'll volunteer to be guest editor. Keep an eye on the Book Club section.

On May.15.2003 at 10:31 AM
armin’s comment is:

Based on the overwhelming outpour of recommendations and my decision-making abilities I deem "Rant" (bad kerning and all) the official book for the Book Club.

Thanks Sam.

Sorry Joy. You made a good case for your book, but Rant is more design heavy.

On May.15.2003 at 10:56 AM
Eric’s comment is:

did i miss something? What's "Rant"? Amazon wasn't very helpful.


On May.15.2003 at 11:55 AM
armin’s comment is:

>What's "Rant"?

Oops. Sorry.

Rant is the latest issue from Emigre. Full of essays by "Old-Cranky" designers. Fun.

It is available through Amazon (recommended as it has faster delivery) or through Emigre itself. They have slower delivery but Rudy would probably benefit from a direct purchase.

So, if you all want to join the discussion get the book as soon as possible.

I have read only the first few rants and it is gooooood

On May.15.2003 at 12:03 PM
Ginny Tevere’s comment is:

Hi There:

I would like to suggest "No Logo" by Naomi Klein

I'm in the midst of reading it right now (along with Cheese Monkey's, which I apparently missed the boat on)

It's provocative and an easy read.

The gist of if is how building brands affect people's lives. The consumers, the businesses, the workers, the competition...

Because I'm not through with it, I don't feel I can do any kind of review justice, however, it's a book we all as graphic designers, marketers, advertisers, artists should read.

Look it up on Amazon.com There is a summation along with reviews. Think about it and let me know if this is something everyone is interested in discussing.

ginny tevere

On Jun.02.2003 at 11:16 AM