Continued study of typography and book design for The Man Who Signed the City. Researched publishing options.
Took assignment to profile Baltimore restauranteur Spike Gjerde.
The Week's Reading
- Daemon Voices, Philip Pullman
- An Essay on Typography, Eric Gill
- APE: How to Publish a Book, Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch
- Thinking with Type, Ellen Lupton
- Dreyer’s English, Benjamin Dreyer
- “The Paradoxes of Creativity,” Jacques Barzun, The American Scholar
- “A Pox on Us All,” David Kushner, Wired
- “The Darwin Treatment,” Roxanne Khamsi, Wired
- “Intoxicated by My Illness,” Anatole Broyard, The American Scholar
- “How Rupert Mutdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World,” Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times Magazine
- “Gene Wolfe Turned Science Fiction into High Art,” Brian Phillips, The Ringer
- “Gene Wolfe Was the Proust of Science Fiction,” Jeet Heer, The New Republic
- “Strands of Evidence,” Jessica Wapner, Wired
Things I Looked Up This Week
- Definition of “multiscient”—“knowing many things.” Which led me to “multivagant” (wandering a lot) and “muggletonian” (a member of a sect founded around 1651 by Lodowicke Muggleton). Which is why I love the OED.
- Who was Lodowicke Muggleton? (A 17th-century tailor in London who believed he and his cousin were the last prophets foretold in the Book of Revelation. They founded a Protestant movement in 1651 that avoided worship and preaching, which makes it my kind of religion. The sect endured until 1979 when its last adherent, Philip Noakes, died. Has nothing to do, so far as I know, with J.K. Rowling’s muggles.)
- The types of bricks. (Prompted by mention in An Essay on Typography of Blue Staffordshires and London Stocks. Blue Staffordshires are quite nice, I think. The term also designates a type of terrier.)
- What is the Lombardic alphabet? (Mostly fancy capitals used at the top of hand-scribed manuscripts.)
- Who was Bobbie Louise Hawkins? (Beat poet and writer who managed to publish more than 20 books without attracting public attention. Robert Creeley’s lover and muse, the latter surely a thankless task.)
- Definition of “ex nihilo.” (“Out of nothing.”)
- Paintings by Gwen John.
- Definition of “fogle-hunter.” (Obsolete term for pickpocket, used by Dickens in Oliver Twist.)
- Biography of Eric Gill. (Author of An Essay on Typography who, of all things, advocated the abolishing of letters in favor of a kind of sound-based shorthand he called phonography.)
- What is the Lotka-Volterra equation? (Equations, actually, which model the behavior of predators and prey. Has application in cancer research.)
- The definition of “apposite.” (“Apt in the circumstance.”
- The definition of “circumforanean.” (Obsolete term for "next." Hard to believe it fell into disuse, eh?)