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Volta 2: Il finito.

06 Mar 2009 / 4 Comments / in Tales, Short & Tall, Volta

The rollers — inked white. The type, too. I just pulled 120 (give or take) colophons for Volta, and it’s something I haven’t done in a long, long time. Print, that is. I haven’t really talked a lot about what I do to make my money, but trust me, it isn’t making little magazines to […]

Various Tales, None of them Tall.

Instead of writing on one topic, why not cover a whole bunch of shit today? I set the colophon for Volta. I like the way it came out, for the most part. I’m limited with Volta cause it’s made from scrap papers — old projects, mainly. That’s part of what keeps my cost down making […]

I’m Dropping Letters Like They’re Rhymes, Yo.

22 Feb 2009 / 0 Comments / in Tales, Short & Tall, Volta

OK, I’m not dropping letters like they’re rhymes, and I have no idea where that “yo” came from; however, I’m setting type for the first time in a long time, and it feels great. But you’d only hear something like “boy oh boy it sure does feel good to set type again!” from a total […]

The VNSA Sale.

22 Feb 2009 / 0 Comments / in Tales, Short & Tall

Look at all the kooks. Book kooks. That includes me, of course, cause I snapped this pic, and we’re all kooks cause it’s 5am on a cold, cold February morning, and we’re lined up like cattle for when those doors open 3 hours later. Early bird gets the worm! I’ll also add a “cold, cold […]

Me n’ Hank n’ Tim.

In 1987 I was going into my fifth year at Arizona State University, and I was totally lost. I was a jock, and I was working towards the 1988 Olympic trials, with my sights set on making the ’92 team. In other words, academia wasn’t first and foremost. In my Big Picture, it ranked fourth, […]

In Memorium: John Updike

27 Jan 2009 / 0 Comments / in Photos

the synaesthesia press — another take.

08 Jan 2009 / 0 Comments / in Photos

the synaesthesia press

06 Jan 2009 / 0 Comments / in Tales, Short & Tall

In 1998 I walked into Norman Hicks shop south of Market Street in San Francisco and bought some stuff. I had no idea what I was buying, nor what I was about to get myself into. Let me quote the greatest living American poet: “In Dispraise Of Poetry” When the King of Siam disliked a […]

Happy Birthday Jerry Salinger!

05 Jan 2009 / 0 Comments / in Ramble on Ramblings!

JD Salinger just turned 90. That makes him twice as old and me; or, better yet, I’m 1/2 way to being an old, old man. Better yet? Anyway, I don’t know why, but (probably) just like you, The Catcher in the Rye really spoke to me, in the same way all great art does: Duchamp […]

A Chandler & Price Smashed to Bits.

26 Dec 2008 / 0 Comments / in Tales, Short & Tall

A few years ago Karla Elling, of The Mummy Mountain Press, gave me an old style Chandler & Price platen press; the only catch in the deal was I had to move it. This sort of catch is common in the letterpress world. Maybe not giving something away, but certainly moving it once you’ve bought […]