Sunday, September 15, 2013

still-sound 192. Wrapping books

One of the things I like most from buying art and design books at Stories, the used book store in Echo Park is that the dust jackets are usually protected in archival plastic film.  The crinkling sound that comes along with handling the books is delightful. 

I bought a roll of the plastic film online and spent at least an hour last night wrapping some of my favorite books - particularly the old ones I took from my mom's house on a recent trip - mostly photography books that my dad bought in the late 1970s.  I grew up with them and couldn't begin to guess how many times I leafed through the pages and stared at the glamorous pictures.  Now, coated in a plastic sheen, the printed colors of the dust jackets pop out with a rich saturation.  Any rips, creases or crinkles in the paper are forever frozen and somehow lessened  - protected under a cool glossiness.

I wrapped 7 or 8 books last night.  I lay them on the table when finished and just stared at them.

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