The Thing the Book - A Monument to the Book as Object

Author(s): John Herschendand

Literary Criticism & Essays & Journalism

What exactly is a book? This wildly inventive and thought-provoking volume asks that question of more than 30 of today's top creative visionaries, from Ed Ruscha to Miranda July, John Baldessari to Jonathan Lethem. Each traditional element of a book, from endpapers to footnotes, is assigned to a different artist or writer invited to use the space as a creative playground. The result is a collaborative group art project like no other. A ribbon bookmark by David Shrigley, page numbers by Tauba Auerbach, endnotes by Rick Moody, each contribution surprising and brilliant. This one-of-a-kind book will entrance anyone who appreciates art, literature and the surprising possibilities that emerge when the two collide.

More than thirty artists and writers were each assigned a traditional element of a book, from page numbers to ribbon bookmarks to errata slips, and invited to respond in their own way. This book reveals the results.

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THE THING Quarterly is an object-based publication based in San Francisco. Each quarter, THE THING editors Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan invite a different creative contributor - artist, designer, filmmaker, actor, musician, or writer - to create an object that somehow incorporates text. The objects are then reproduced, wrapped and shipped to every current subscriber. THE THING has collaborated with an inspiring range of contributors from Dave Eggers to James Franco - and published (on) a curious assortment of objects from mugs and mirrors to shower curtains and maple syrup. THE THING has been featured in prestigious publications across the globe, including Artforum, the NY Times, Readymade and Frieze Magazine, among many others.

General Fields

  • : 9781452117201
  • : Chronicle Books
  • : Chronicle Books
  • : August 2014
  • : 254mm X 203mm X 22mm
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 741.64
  • : 2014035630
  • : 156
  • : photographs thr-out, 2 ribbon markers, cloth-bound case w. silk-screened foil-stamping
  • : John Herschendand
  • : Hardback
  • : 1410