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.
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.
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.