Thursday, May 17, 2012

Literature at its wurst = literaturwurst

A lover of literature can’t help feeling that—as the conventions of the paper book have come under the interrogation of the visual arts—poetry, rhetoric, narrative, and meaning have often suffered.

So ends Michael Agresta's engaging and handsomely appointed  article in Slate about how the design of the paper book may evolve in the age of digital content. A wurst case outcome (can't help myself) might be German artist Dieter Roth’s literaturwurst -  Georg Wilhelm Hegel's complete works in 20 volumes ground up and used as a substitute for meat in a recipe for homemade sausage.

  Or, we might see more successful blendings of literary and visual arts, like this one:

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