I’ve got the short story: “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges. Borges is one of my favorite writers, a short story master, and keenly aware of the relationship between letters, words, books, and places that house books including libraries and the mind. I think it’s a logical choice for this project as well as a challenge: Borges demands a stretch of the imagination which is also required in this assignment. I want the book to feel physically heavy and conceptually meta-textual. I’ve got a couple of ideas in mind for a pamphlet book: 1) to create an endless pamphlet book that reflects the content of the short story and 2) to create a pamphlet book out of wood that reflects the original material for books housed in a library. If I go with the first idea, I’ll have two book covers rather than one so that the book flips through without end. There will be two copies of the short story. I will probably use book board or cardboard and Mi Tienes paper for the end sheets. If I go with the second idea, the book cover will be wood – of course, this makes it harder to reproduce ten identical copies, but I’ll try. I worked with a wood for a large book I made for the Creativity class, so I might like to give it another try.
Version 1 supplies:
Dimensions: 6″x6″ cardboard – no cost
Mi Tienes color paper – $12 for 6 pieces @ $2/ea
Text block – photocopy paper at no cost
Binding – ribbon $ 12 for 6 packs @ $2/ea
Version 2 supplies:
wood for book cover – $40 for 4 sheets of wood @ $10ea
text block – no cost
binding – industrial metal of some sort, $30 for 10 @ $ea
I’ll make the mock up this week, present it in class next week, Tues March 5, then make the 10 copies Wed, March 6 (if not before). I’ll need to present them/the midterm project in class on Thurs, March 7 since I’ll be out of town the week of March 11. It’ll be fast, but after making a mock up of both, I’ll know which one will work to mesh form with content.