Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth (Book acquired 27 Oct. 2018)

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Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth is new in print again from NYRB, this time with a new introduction by novelist Nicholson Baker. The book is simply gorgeous.

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My eight-year-old son immediately asked if he might read it (he has been on a sort of comix probation since I caught him reading a R. Crumb collection), and he shuttled through the thing two or three times over half an hour.

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The Labryinth is 280 or so pages of illustrations with no story or plot, and he was a bit bewildered when I told him I planned to review the thing. “How?” I’ll figure out a way.

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For now, here’s NYRB’s blurb:

Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth, first published in 1960 and long out of print, is more than a simple catalog or collection of drawings— these carefully arranged pages record a brilliant, constantly evolving imagination confronting modern life. Here is Steinberg, as he put it at the time, “discovering and inventing a great variety of events: Illusion, talks, music, women, cats, dogs, birds, the cube, the crocodile, the museum, Moscow and Samarkand (winter, 1956), other Eastern countries, America, motels, baseball, horse racing, bullfights, art, frozen music, words, geometry, heroes, harpies, etc.” This edition, featuring a new introduction by Nicholson Baker, an afterword by Harold Rosenberg, and new notes on the artwork, will allow readers to discover this unique and wondrous book all over again.

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Cristiano Siqueira’s posters for Twin Peaks: The Return

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I somehow missed Cristiano Siqueira’s series of posters for Twin Peaks: The ReturnSiqueira did a poster for each episode of David Lynch’s 2017 sequel—19 posters in all, including a bonus poster depicting Audrey. Check out all nineteen posters here.

The Third Day Was No Different — Maurice Sendak

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From Maurice Sendak’s retelling of Wilhelm Grimm’s Dear Mili.

Another Little Girl Was Standing Beside Her — Maurice Sendak

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From Maurice Sendak’s retelling of Wilhelm Grimm’s Dear Mili.

“We are still surrounded by mountains of ice” | Frankenstein illustration by Bernie Wrightson

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Cursed Forest — Kilian Eng

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Cursed Forest by Kilian Eng (b. 1982)

Illustration for Frankenstein — Bernie Wrightson

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Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Book acquired, 3 Feb. 2018)

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I couldn’t pass up on this illustrated Heritage Press copy of Leaves of Grass. I’m not sure of the exact date of publication, but this nice long post on the book suggests it was likely published in 1950 and designed in the mid-thirties.

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My daughter and I were browsing the poetry section of our favorite used bookshop—quite randomly actually—and she pulled this volume of Leaves of Grass downward like a lever, pretending it might open a secret passage. It didn’t open a secret passage, but when she pushed it back again, I saw Kent’s name on the spine. I love Kent’s work, and I’m a huge Whitman fan, and my copy of Leaves of Grass is literally falling apart. Plus only $10 and I had plenty of store credit…so…

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I’ll share some of the illustrations and verses over the next few months—a nice excuse to go through Leaves of Grass again.

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October — Alex Colville

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October, 1979 by Alex Colville (1920-2013)

Penelope and the Suitors — Neil Packer

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From The Odyssey, retold by Gillian Cross and illustrated by Neil Packer, Candlewick Press, 2012.

The Laestrygonians — Neil Packer

From The Odyssey, retold by Gillian Cross and illustrated by Neil Packer, Candlewick Press, 2012.

September — Theodor Severin Kittelsen

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Seven Views of Tokyo — Shinji Tsuchimochi

From Shinji Tsuchimochi’100 Views of Tokyo. More at Spoon & Tomago, where you can also buy the book.

Tomer Hanuka’s film posters for Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita

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Edible (Ambrose Bierce)

From Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. 

Originally published in 1906; the image is from The Peter Pauper Press’s 1958 illustrated edition, with art by Joseph Low.

 

Salamander — Kit Williams

Let Those Swim Who Can – The Heavy May Sink! — George Grosz

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