Literature and art converge to combat book famine and bibliowaste, another delight from Maria Popova's Brain Pickings (also on Facebook), curating, as ever, eclectic interestingness... and rescuing me when I am behind on posts. PS good writing resources too...
A modern paradox: While the developing world is experiencing the worst “book famine” in decades, yet an estimated 40% of books printed in the “developed world” go to waste, eventually destroyed by the publishers themselves. I have a tremendous soft spot for art and design projects inspired by literary classics, so I love everything about Danny Fein’s Litographs project, which addresses this paradox through beautiful prints by a team of artists, made of upcycled classic texts, many in the public domain, which remain fully legible in the final print. Thanks to a partnership with the International Book Bank, every print sold sends one book to a community in need.
The Moby-Dick litograph is the loveliest take on the Melville classic since Matt Kish’s page-by-page illustrations.
'Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.'
This 24 x 36 inch print (full view at top, close-up zoom at bottom) includes approximately the first third of Moby Dick. The 18 x 24 inch print includes approximately the first sixth of the book.
Others litographs include a knock-out litograph of The Catcher in the Rye, an Alice litograph make the heart, a lovely On The Road litograph and more. All the litographs are available in color as well as black-and-white, and you can see the full full collection on the project site. See the rest of Litographs: Classic Books as Typographic Prints Supporting Global Literacy