THE THING THE BOOK by Jonn Herschend & Will Rogan (Eds.)

Published by Chronicle Books (2014)
156 Pages, 21.5 x 26.5 cm, Hardcover

What exactly is a book? THE THING THE BOOK, edited by San Francisco-based artists and founders and editors of The Thing Quarterly Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan, asks that question of more than thirty creative visionaries. Each traditional element of a book – from endpapers to ribbon bookmarks to page numbers – has been assigned to a different artist or writer to use as his or her own personal exhibition space. Miranda July’s naughty errata slip, Jonathan Lethem’s Foster Wallace-esque footnotes, Ed Ruscha’s medieval bookplate, not to mention essays, fiction, photo collections, artworks, centerfolds, a reading group guide – there’s something for everyone.