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[Alyson Kuhn] I recently received a used copy of Paper: The Fifth Wonder, a collection of 12 booklets by John H. Ainsworth. The book was originally published in 1958, and the first booklet’s title sets the mood: "Paper & You: This Fibrous Age." The…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] I recently chatted with Jessica Helfand about scrapbooks in general and the hundreds she’s collected in particular. Her recent book Scrapbooks has a simple subtitle: An American History, which is shorthand for “A lhow to get ex boyfriend…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] I've stood on many a concrete floor watching things print. I can't remember ever having so much fun in so little time as I did at Third Bay Letterpress, at the press check for the invitation to the Mohawk Show 10 in San Francisco. Here are h…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] Chris Wu's motivation for founding Paper Culture came from two perspectives. One side of Chris's brain had worked at Snapfish {subsequently acquired by Hewlett Packard} and then at HP, incubating new businesses, primarily in web-to-print. Th…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] The annual SF Zine Fest took place last weekend in Golden Gate Park, and our correspondent Bill Senkus went to check it out for us. The two-day conference and marketplace is still free, still fun, and still focused on zines. Creative folks f…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] At 7 am yesterday {September 1}, Tom Llewellyn launched his newest project: a book via blog. Letter Off Dead is a correspondence between a boy starting junior high school and his dad, who is dead. Tom is a copywriter, creative director and c…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] I've read many people's thoughts {and rhymes} about work from last Friday's Schott's Vocab in the NYT. I look forward to reportage today on NPR about Labor Day's origins, and perhaps commentary as to how the nature of  our "labor" has change…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] My Connecticut colleagues, Pam and Kim, were in town a couple of weeks ago, and we spent a long morning devoted to esthetic enrichment. I went to some of my favorite spots, but also arranged to visit Atelier Gargoyle, where I'd never been. T…
 
[Alyson Kuhn] Ikea is in the news. I first heard about this last Saturday, on Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me, the NPR news show. Host Peter Sagal asks panelist Mo Rocca what recent change has Ikea customers up in arms, and Mo begins fishing, Not their logo..…
 
[Tom Biederbeck] Mystery, history and the hands-on appeal of letterpress were in evidence last Saturday at the opening of Impressed by Design: Letterpress in the Heartland. The exhibition is also an homage to the home community of designer Steve Hartman…
 

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