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One step closer to the bookstore, or wherever;  Small Beer Press announces that Endless Things  can be now be "pre-ordered" -- I'm notsure if you have to pay now, get later, or just sign up, but the following page will tell you, if you care:   <http://lcrw.net/lcrw/preorder.htm>

Note that just above mine,  to further incite bibliophilia, is the new Elizabeth Hand novel, Generation Loss.  Anyone who's heard her read from it knows that this is an ambitious new tack for this endlessly inventive writer to take.  Keep the credit card handy after putting in for mine.  (The Small Beer edition of mine, by the way, is invisibly numbered:  those who go for it now wil get copies numbered 1 through whatever, and though the number can't be discerned or discovered in any way, YOU WILL KNOW.)

The beautiful photograph that forms the cover is by Rosamond Purcell , as[info]joculum has noted.  SHe is the photographer who has ong been associated with Stephen Jay Gould, taking lushly beautiful photographs of moldering scientific collections, bottled fetuses, etc., and also of decaying things she has collected for years from a junkyard in Maine which she celebrates in a new book, more writing than pictures, called Owls Head (pub. The Quantock Lane Press, also publisjer of her new picture collection Bookworm, wherein the picture chosen for my cover can be found as well as other minatory and cautionary pictures of ruined and moldering books.  I replied to joculum as follows:

I have long admired Purcell's work, and first saw that picture that's to be my cover at the Mount Holyoke College appearance of the Olaus Wurm recreation. In their full form the pictures are even more wondrous, of course, in part because huge and powerful color laser printers can print them on what amounts to watercolor paper, making them trompe-l'oeil works (or maybe you'd have to call them fake trompe-l'oeil). It was my suggestion to use the picture, which Small Beer waws glad to do; in looking for an image of it to show them, I learned of the new books "Owl's Head" and "Bookworm", and now am working on an essay-review for the Boston Review of Books about her work. She is an astonishing writer -- which I hadn't known.


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Nov. 30th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
That cover is just gorgeous. And a perfect match for the book.

Jan. 20th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
She also did covers for at least one novel - I think rather more - by the thoroughly neglected Rikki Ducornet, as well as doing her own rather wonderful album of extinct creatures and another of teratologies etc.
Dec. 1st, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
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'Knowing I loved my books, he furnish'd me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom'

William Gibson fearlessly dealt out some cartes from Spook Country- face up on his blog.
Not to issue any kind of a challenge to present authors, of course...

One question lingers. Why Duke of Milan? And which Duke of Milan?
Anyhow, the picture reminded me of Peter Greenaway's version. And where is the DVD for that anyway? My VHS copy is well-worn.

Endless Things. 12th house?
Even Endless is doomed to die.
Dec. 1st, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Pierce Moffitt?!?!?
Dec. 2nd, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
Mates called him drdee before their little craft went down below the waves, suffering the Silence reaped from sowing babble to the 4 quarters; eh too bruno?
Dec. 2nd, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Rosamund Purcell was interviewed on NPR's Weekend America this past Saturday. They said they had some of her work on their website.
Dec. 2nd, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Click. Spend. Watch mailbox.

This is becoming an ongoing litany in my house.

Dec. 2nd, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Google is aware of the Boston Review and the Boston Book Review, but not the Boston Review of Books. Is either of those what we're talking about?
Dec. 2nd, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
What should a fan do to maximize your wealth/happiness? Buy from Small Beer or order from his local bookstore? Or perhaps a few of each?
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