Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New *Physical* Books no1

Over Christmas I was fortunate to receive the following books:
  1. "Teach Yourself Film Studies" by Warren Buckland,
  2. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien,
  3. "William Shakespeare's Star Wars" by Ian Doescher, and
  4. "The Field Guide to Typography - Typefaces in the Urban Landscape" by Peter Dawson.

"Teach Yourself Film Studies"
  • I bought this book for 1p + postage from a bookseller on Amazon. I want to relearn Film Studies in preparation for starting a wee film club. Its a fascinating book ... well written and insightful ... just what I was looking for.

"The Hobbit"
  • As regular readers of the ol' Nanolog will know, I collect J.R.R. Tolkien's books ... and have a particular soft spot for Bilbo's journey 'there and back again'. I think this is my 18th copy ... one with a lovely inscription on the inside front page from my wife. She buys me a copy for my birthday and my Christmas ... instead of a card ... as her wee nod to my obsession. She knows she's my main obsession and is just playing along.

"William Shakespeare's Star Wars"
  • Another gift from my wife ... hitting my other 'fantastical' obsession - Star Wars. The book is 'A New Hope' written as Shakespeare would have written it ... reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter. It is a fascinating read ... one to be savoured and chewed over as much as consumed. Loving it.

"The Field Guide to Typography - Typefaces in the Urban Landscape"
  • I picked up this book in a bookshop ... it was on sale and cheaper than Amazon ... I fell in love with it from the moment I picked it up ... it is as informative as it is beautiful to look at. According to the book's blurb on Amazon:
"The Field Guide to Typography explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from airplane liveries to computer screens, from billboard hoardings to signage systems. It presents over 120 typefaces old and new, common and unusual with photographic references to help font spotters identify particular typefaces in the wild. Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and key features of each typeface, and Field Facts provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness. Attractive and informative, The Field Guide to Typography is a unique visual reference for novice font fans and experienced designers alike, and a comprehensive celebration of our expanding typographic world."

I have plenty to keep me going ... and I am grateful to Olly and my parents for their generosity.


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