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Paper: An Elegy epub

by Ian Sansom


Paper: An Elegy epub

ISBN: 0007480261

ISBN13: 978-0007480265

Author: Ian Sansom

Category: No category

Language: English

Publisher: Fourth Estate (2012)

ePUB book: 1959 kb

FB2 book: 1361 kb

Rating: 4.1

Votes: 268

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Ltd. RESPECTING PAPER. Paper: An Elegy will address and acknowledge the great pathos of paper, and our nostalgia for its past: the thickness and weight of old writing paper; the tattered posters of our idealistic youth; the increasing vulnerability and scarcity of all those scraps of paper that represent our personal and collective history.

In Paper: An Elegy Ian Sansom builds a museum of paper and explores its paradox - its vulnerability and durability.

Ian Sansom Paper: An Elegy. A Note on the Paper Used in the Writing of this Book. I am typing this book on yellow paper,’ announces the narrator of Stevie Smith’s Novel on Yellow Paper (1936). All my books have really been counterproofs, or offsets, re-marques, like cartoons, those drawings made to the same scale as the grand painting or fresco but which are in fact only preparatory, and which are applied to the wall, and pricked through or indented: a mere outline or image of some greater design. This book I like to think of not as a cartoon but as like John F. Peto’s ‘Old Scraps’ (1894), a miniature trompe l’oeil.

by. Sansom, Ian. Publication date. Paper: An Elegy is a history of paper in all its forms and functions. Print version record.

Sansom wears his learning lightly in this gently revelatory book. There could be too much information to digest, but in the manner of the dangerously flammable paper dresses that were popular in the 1960s, Sansom wears his learning lightly

Sansom wears his learning lightly in this gently revelatory book. There could be too much information to digest, but in the manner of the dangerously flammable paper dresses that were popular in the 1960s, Sansom wears his learning lightly. Left to our own devices, there are a thousand ways to pleasure ourselves with paper," he writes; this book illustrates his point with an elegant crackle.

Just so. And as such paper logic relentlessly proceeds, so paper itself might be revealed to be the unlikely foundation of the world.

In Paper: An Elegy Ian Sansom builds a museum of paper and explores its paradox - its vulnerability and durability

In Paper: An Elegy Ian Sansom builds a museum of paper and explores its paradox - its vulnerability and durability. and dynamic' Andrew Martin, Financial Times. Splendidly dense with fact and thought' Steven Poole, Times Literary Supplement

Paper surrounds us. Not only as books, letters and diaries, but as beer mats and birth certificates, board games and business cards, fireworks and flypaper, photographs and playing cards, tickets and tea bags.

Paper surrounds us. But the age of paper is coming to an end. E-books regularly outsell physical books.

I found this book to be easy to read, and quite humorous in its reflection on the history and uses of paper. Fascinating facts and helpful historical vignettes brought me to a renewed understanding of paper power. It influence seen even I the digital attempt to make this review appear in a paper form. I reccommend this book highly. A 9.5 on the "enjoyment" scale!
Purchased as a gift. I believe she like it.
this book had an excellent topic. it was spoiled by far too much detail,especially forgetable quotes.it resembled a PhD thesis
First off, I want to say that I really wanted and expected to like this book. Just picking it up and thumbing through it (I have the hardbound version), it looks like a special book. It's got an important subject matter, and has interesting and eye-catching artwork and graphics inside that make one say "buy me".

It started out fine, but then started to get annoying. The author has a way of stringing together ideas and thoughts in a rambling stream-of-conscious manner that gets old after awhile. It's as though he's trying to connect the dots between unlike topics, and sort of cheats as to the glue between the points. It's all delivered in a quick manner as to try to get the reader to breeze past that point, but is still too noticeable. Another issue is that his paragraphs are so long. On any given page, there's usually 1 to 1 1/2 paragraphs, when there should be 3 to 5. It makes what he's trying to present even more obscure. After about 1/3 of the way through the book, I started skimming the pages instead of reading (which seemed to be wasting my time). By 2/3's of the way through, I was reduced to only looking at the artwork and graphics.

The author did apparently a great amount of research for this book, and does deserve credit for the groundwork and homework. The bibliography source materials are extensively detailed at the back.

If the text was heavily revised, reformatted, and edited, it probably could have been a much greater book. There's great material there, but the approach is too seat-of-the-pants and modern (like modern pop art of something). Maybe borrow or check out first to see if it's worth having.
This book was so good I am kind of worried about my review not doing it justice. So, a couple of my favorite quotes: A parenthetical describing a book entitled "Modernity and Self Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age" our author says "one of those breathtaking books written in the kind of jargon-rich prose that one can only sniff and inhale rather than actually digest and understand, and which seems therefore all the more profound, like the evocative smell of perfume, or cigar smoke at the scene of a crime." As an aside about the cigarette, which of course is a rather prominent use of paper in our society, "[n]othing says I'm a despairing intellectual like sucking on flaming paper." The author talks technology, art, history, drama, it's all there and it was a great read. Few books live up to their own billing, but Paper is indeed a celebration.

Mr. Sansom's take on Paper is genius. It holds together as a witty and fascinating one-sided conversation that you can't put down--my reading was delayed because I constantly had to send quotes to friends via cellphone. And, our author cites to an astonishing number of books, thereby making the argument that one cannot be an expert on paper without also being an expert on the highest use of paper, books. The citations are not necessarily backing up scholarly points--they are presented as one would present a favorite book to a good friend. In fact, the bibliography cites to over 250 books (I stopped counting somewhere in chapter 5 because, after all, this is just a review). How many books describe themselves as well as the contents of their drafts? "In total this book is made from twenty reams of plain white 80 gsm copier paper, fifteen A4 lined notebooks, six packs of A5 lined index cards, fifty manila folders (green), and three wrist-thick blocks of Post-it notes (asst. colors)... The finished product is printed on Glatfelter's Offset 70 lb. B18 Antique from a mill in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania."

The author is never content to simply lay out the basics, he always takes an extra step, makes an extra observation, cracks an extra joke, yet the book never becomes too long or ponderous. A joy to read. Buy copies for your friends.

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