05 June 2012

crazy books

Cook books you can eat, mirror books you can see yourself in, sports books you can play ball with... okay I made the last one up, but the others...

Some books have some very unusual designs:
(more can be found at the link) 
 A recipe book with the recipes printed on sheets of fresh pasta - lasagne a go-go
 The Mirror Book published in 1985 is exactly that, pages of mirrors. It comes complete with a pair of white gloves for smudge-free handling, and it’s meant to be a book about self-discovery: “as one turns the pages, hands are reflected, and on looking closely, our own faces. In the act of turning, the self-image becomes distorted. Here the book is the entrance key to a world of self-contemplation, and, potentially, self-knowledge.”
 This one is made of sugar and printed with vegetable ink. mmmm sugar.
 This is pretty cool, you can only see the text at night. That's right it's glow-in-the-dark, in the light it just looks like a while notebook.
 A direct marketing gimmick to to promote Jungle Book 2, nonetheless they are pretty cool.
 This edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Imp of the Perverse,” designed by Helen Friel, must be destroyed to be properly read. Friel explains, “‘The Imp of the Perverse’ discusses the voice inside all of us that makes us to do things we know we shouldn’t do. Each page is perforated in a grid system with sections of the text missing. Readers must follow the simple instructions to tear and fold specific sections to reveal the missing text. Books are usually precious objects and the destruction is engineered to give the reader conflicting feelings, do they keep the book in it’s perfect untorn form? Or give into the imp and enjoy tearing it apart?”
 Each edition of Richard Long’s Nile (Papers of River Muds) is made from the mud of the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Rhine, the Guatiquia, the Huang He, the Hudson, the Nairobi, and other rivers, each page a little different depending on where it was collected.
Snoop Dog, not usually someone I think of when I think of books, has this gem to add. Each page is made from rolling paper. You can tear out a page and roll a cigarette, the pine can be used to strike a match.

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