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Re: Questions Needing Answers
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- Subject: Re: Questions Needing Answers
- From: Daria <dherlihy@TIAC.NET>
- Date: Thu, 13 Jun 1996 08:48:32 -0500
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- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Here is a hurried answer to y our query:
A successful book has to be more than just entertainment ( to me ). To be
unforgetable, it must elicit mental elaboration, conjuring up past emotion ,
experience and knowledge as well as inciting conjecture about future
possibilities - and
... an inherent quality of MYSTERY.
That is why the Sabine books appeal to many people. Or for another
example, of a much different genre, Frank Hebert's Dune. And there are
countless others. ( Have you encountered the computer program MYST??? Try it !!)
There are as many reasons for choosing a book as there are choosers I guess !
When "choosing" I go for the author, despite the cover, typography , color, or
Also, dont forget that people also rely on certain book mongers or critics or
reviewers to announce to them an overview of contents. If you trust your
b ook reviewer, you are apt to try the book.Librarians have to rely on
reviews. American Library Association's publication contains much.
Hand built books have a charm that entices. But the question is (long debated),
are they all books or are many of them book forms and on and on it goes.
Lilias at Saltwinds