Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A quickie. Catalogue that came in the mail. Rooms unaffordable. Invade. Armed. Assault. A little more on creaky shelf.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Remarkable what cheek one finds in one's life by accident of being rich. Style for style's sake. Chic by Accident details the simple elegance of a life with cash and a life with vowels (Spanish, Italian, French). The book is... More »
Monday, February 6, 2017
Santa Barbara Public Library offered a bound volume of Western American domesticana--Sunset magazine, vintage 1954. Another bin brought a crumbling volume of Victorian domesticana--Charles Dickens, The Uncommercial Traveller and Christmas Books, vintage... More »
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
  Jessica Lange's astonishing book of photographs stands tall on any shelf, and the pictures are vast in black and white. Some spread across two pages. Others face a huge field of blank. Leni Riefenstahl got her start making films in... More »
Thursday, September 22, 2016
    The books I keep in store for this process of bibliolagic transformation are many, and I shelve them by size--saves space. Big books with big books. Little with little. So books totally unlike each other might stand side by side for years, then go to... More »
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Bibliolage is an art of filling, so what I look for is an emptiness, a capable space. When I saw The Prairie Schoolhouse, I knew where to go--that vastness. It was an answer to my prayer--ies. Fill 'er up, fella.... More »
Thursday, June 2, 2016
My mother liked the expression "much of a muchness," which means more of the same. So this new ruined book is more much of a muchness. Or less? I loved the colors of W. Langdon Kihn's paintings from the 1950s, which then have a nice... More »
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Two smaller projects have occupied me this spring, and this was the first, a study in cl-ASS-ic American literature. This volume of Walt is just like the one I had when I first read Mr. Whitman, bound in grass-like green fibers. That is, the book was... More »
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
This one I knew for sure because of that title, The Nothing King. This could be an alternative title for Ruined Book--the collections of nothing King.   Possessed by monstrosity, bedeviled by lusciousness, off my big rocker candy-ass mountain's... More »
Thursday, March 3, 2016
What is a gift book--but this? Implies a history, suggests a future. At present, you have to wonder. A gift bibliolage queries a history, doubts a future. Moons the past, eclipses the yet-to-come. I like the way the... More »
Sunday, February 7, 2016
I have not been idle (though idle hands do the devil's work, which has appeal), but it has been a while since I have reported new bibliolage. It's like the move from feature films to long-form tv drama, and my Breaking Bad has been a series of "Dark" bibliolages, generated from Lemony... More »
Thursday, December 17, 2015
When I saw the title The Young King I knew this could be something good. The young King would need a mate for play, a girl for this boy. And what better girl than a Vargas girl, the girl, eventually, of Playboy? Oscar Wilde wrote the story, but it needed something. What a... More »
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
City Spaces asked me to occupy, but I had to send my avatar--or my ancestor or acrobat. Down these mean streets a weird goblin must go. Weighty and weightless. Lighten up, whydoncha! Title page.    
Thursday, September 24, 2015
It has been a busy summer with much created, including some bibliolage videos, which I hope to post soon. But then, too, I've been ruining some books, including a book called Ruin, a large photo book of collapsed architecture. The delights of decay. Wonderful quantities of emptiness to fill.   Age... More »
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Maximalism seems to be an aesthetic of allowed clutter, which is like a howdy-do to me. Interior designers are usually more inclined to want the I-just-threw-everything-in-the-closet-this-morning-before-the-photographer-arrived look. So this book of decorator self-love (self-abuse) comes at... More »
Saturday, June 6, 2015
In my creative community, I am fortunate to have Mr. David Starkey as a friend. He has for years put on a local-access TV show called The Creative Community, and not long ago he did a segment looking at my bibliolages, as I mentiond in an earlier blog post. Click here for a link.... More »
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
This was a custom job for an Andover friend, Bill Crawford, who had written for pay a monograph/throwaway on Adam Sandler, and as soon as I saw it I knew it needed Kierkegaard. He had sent me two copies of the book, and the duo suggested the Soren K. duo that seemed on... More »
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I have been absent for a while, not because of inactivity, but my website needed to be remodulated--something like that. I didn't realize these things needed new grease every 3000 miles or so. Meanwhile, though, I have finished a few new bibliolages, only one of which I... More »
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This book is for healing, though books don't do that. Understanding, though. Could do with the right book. When I look for a suitable book, I look for an open space, and what more capacious than the horizon of the west?... More »
Sunday, October 12, 2014
This is one that came through jurassically technological and a real trip to do, too. Vlaminck was a Fauve--wild manic--who long outlived his fellows, well into the era of signed limited editions. This particular book (1958) I got at the library book sale... More »