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A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the
phenomenology of readingâ€”how we visualize images from
reading works of literature, from one of our very best book
jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe
Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what,
exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented
images on a pageâ€”a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat
positioned just soâ€”and other clues and signifiers helps us
to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense
that we know a character intimately has little to do with
our ability to concretely picture our belovedâ€”or
reviledâ€”literary figures. In this remarkable work of
nonfiction, Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund
combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his
first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his
first love, literatureâ€”he considers himself first and
foremost as a readerâ€”into what is sure to be one of the most
provocative and unusual investigations into how we
understand the act of reading.
PBS News Hour - August 28, 2014
Studio 360 - August 16, 2014
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