[Tracy Smith] This past weekend MoMA featured a family program called Cut, Fold, Tear: Paper Animation for “kids ages five and up and adult companions.” They forgot to add “and the paper-obsessed of all ages.”
[Alyson Kuhn] PC in this case stands for Paper Colors and Paper Culture. My personal valentine message for the new decade is an alphagram, an A–Z expression of creative encouragement. My inspiration was the name Rose Quartz, a color in Mohawk’s Passport grade, so, with the tiniest alphabetical license, I took care of P-Q-R.
[Sean Adams] I’m not easily star-struck. I work with celebrities, and they are like most clients: Most are smart, a few are nitwits. For some reason, however, I end up with a mouthful of marbles when I talk with Alex Isley. I don’t know why he makes me nervous. He’s always disarming, down-to-earth, and couldn’t be friendlier. But I’ve been in awe of his work for a long time. And like most people we admire, he is so much more than just the great work. I’ve learned, over time, to make sure I have a drink before seeing Alex. Then I can relax and not sound really, really foolish.
[Alyson Kuhn] Candide, Voltaire’s satirical romantic adventure, was first published in 1759. The book created such a splash that 17 editions were published in that year alone. New illustrated editions have continued to attract publishers, readers and collectors in countless countries over four centuries. In 1928 the first book published under the then-new Random House imprint was Rockwell Kent’s edition of Candide.
[Alyson Kuhn] I was recently thinking, as I am wont to do, about small bits of printed paper and the stories they tell. In particular, I was thinking about small-scale personal papers, as differentiated from mass-marketed things like postage stamps, theater stubs and metro tickets.
[Tracy Smith] Back in December I had the pleasure of congratulating Neil Young and designers Gary Burden and Jenice Heo on their Grammy nomination for the spectacular box set Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963–1972). Today’s news that the
project was awarded the Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging calls for another round of recognition.