Sunday Book-Thought 78

The history of writing serves to remind us that language continually strives to find diverse material representations (the illuminating reflections on this theme by Armando Petrucci are extremely valuable here), and tries to give new forms to space in order to extend its expressive potentialities. Illuminated manuscripts stand to warn us how risky it is to look at pictures out of their context, enlarging them or reproducing them in various forms which can only confuse a reader as to their true nature. Is it wise to disembody or reduce to simple letters of the alphabet the illuminated capitals when these served as an interpretative thread of the text they introduced?
– Luca Toschi, ‘Hypertext and Authorship’, in The Future of the Book, ed by Geoffrey Nunberg (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996), pp. 169-207 (p. 191).

California Recoverin’

Okay, okay. So maybe there won’t be a real post this week. I half-finished writing one, but simply didn’t have the time or energy to fully finish it while I was away. Plus, The Bachelorette was on. Go JJ!

Until next Thursday, then, here’s another blog to keep you busy:

In Manuscript Road Trip, Lisa Fagin David (PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale) takes readers “on a (virtual) state-by-state tour of manuscripts in the lower 48… focusing on less-well-known collections, some in very surprising locations.”

America’s manuscript scene sucks a lot less than I thought it did.