This is the third installment of The Social Life of the Book, which is a quarterly, subscription-based series of texts by writers, artists, publishers, designers, booksellers, etc., reflecting on reading, designing, publishing, and distributing books today.
Infant A by Louis Lüthi. It makes sense that Mr. Lüthi would use the framework of a fictionalized conversation between his protagonist and the figure of Ulises Carrion (Mexican writer, expatriated to The Netherlands) to examine the uses, meanings, and significance of the letter “a;” further down the rabbit-hole lies Warhol’s a: a novel, as counterpoint. As a designer he is known for investigations of language and their influences on visual representations, but it’s his deft zig-zagging, a kind of exuberance in figuring it all out that makes it work.
The Social Life of the Book is a collection of commissioned texts dealing with books, and how they engage with the circulation of ideas and the agency of social situations. It brings together artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. who consider books less as finished objects or forms but for their disruptive potential and their ability to produce new relationships, new publics and new meanings.
It develops as a series of 16-page, saddle- stitched signatures, available on postal subscription and in selected bookstores. The collection will also be hand-bound into a single volume, whose edition is determined by demand. In its contents as well as its distribution, the series aims to entice readers into a particular attention not only to printed material as such, but also to the ecosystem of knowledge writing, publishing and distributing form together.
Publishing structure and design by Will Holder
- Louis Lüthi - Infant A
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