Posts Tagged ‘Academia’

Ditto Press

Published June 8, 2010 by Molly

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Holy smokes, Ditto Press is so cool we could plotz. The UK-based independent publisher produces the most beautiful books imaginable using Risograph technology (do we sense a growing sector of Risograph devotees?) and incredible bookbinding techniques. The shop and blog are practically epilepsy-inducing in its variety and desirability, offering books that range on topics including academia, fine art, photography, popular culture, literature and poetry. Zoinks? Zoinks.

Selected highlights include a revisited Edgar Allen Poe story (designed and produced in-house), prints by WLYS favorite Jiro Bevis, a limited edition book by Joseph Clayton Mills, “Herschel’s Telescope”, a 2-color riso printing for Laurence Barber with exposed-sewn single page sections and 9 digitally produced gate-folded inserts…and so much more.

Scholars on Sendak

Published October 15, 2009 by Molly

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Sendak has said that he is obsessed with one and only one question: “How do children survive?”

Richard M. Gottlieb, M.D. tackles the question in his 2008 academic paper, titled Maurice Sendak’s Trilogy: Disappointment, Fury, and Their Transformation through Art.

“An overlooked yet central developmental theme of Maurice Sendak’s major works,” Gottlieb writes, “is that of resilience. Resilience reflects a child’s capacity to transform otherwise crippling traumatic circumstances into his (or her) very means of survival, growth, and positive maturation. An implicit credo of these works is the adage: “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

Note that Sendak himself spent years in psychoanalysis, so the approach isn’t as obscure as it first appears. Read the article online at this digital archive of classic psychoanalytic texts. Go on, do something good for your brain.

A Critic on Children’s Books

Published August 4, 2009 by Molly

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The critic, scholar and novelist comments on children’s books in his On Writers and Writing:

“It is true that the children’s story, like the traditional gothic tale, tends to use a very special language; but it is not a language into which large parts of our common experience cannot be translated…

Great children’s writers, like great writers of any kind, are complex, multitudinous of self.”

Kablam!

Published June 15, 2009 by Molly

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The arrival of Where the Wild Things Are was the aesthetic equivalent for the picture book that the famous 1913 premier of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was for modern music–electrifying, controversial, precedent setting–a point of departure from which there could be no easy return to the same old forms and subjects.

-John Cech, Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak