Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Book of Illusions

The back-cover blurb :
Six months after losing his wife and two young sons, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. One night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann. His interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure who vanished from sight in 1929. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox, bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico, inviting him to meet Hector, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever.

This is indeed an engaging book, and believe it or not, this is also my first read of Auster's novel. Though I've heard quite a bit of his early works, especially The New York Trilogy.

Auster paints such a vivid picture of the silent-era movie star and his life that it makes you wonder if this is fiction at all. It simply very believable. A check on the Internet confirmed my curious. No. He didn't exist. Instead, Duke Special, a songwriter and performer based in Belfast, had released an album, The Silent World of Hector Mann (same title as David Zimmer's book), featuring 12 songs inspired by this fictional character.

Some passages I noted down :

At this moment in history, everything withers in a day; whoever lives too long dies alive. As we move through life, we leave behind three or four images of ourselves, each one different from the others; we see them through the fog of the past, like portraits of our different ages.

What matters is not how well you can avoid trouble, but how you cope with trouble when it comes.

When a man has nothing to look forward to, he might as well be dead.

If i had it in me to laugh, then that meant i wasn't entirely numb.

Monday, July 18, 2011


I'm a fan of Absolut Vodka. Not the liquor itself, but the distinctive bottle shape. Have been collecting the bottles in the past few years. This is one of my favorites.

Love their advertising campaigns as well.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Recent Purchases

Here are my newly acquired companions :

L’Étranger | Erika Altosaar
Published: April 2011
Edition: 29/500
Details: Newsprint portfolio; 12 pages; lose binding; 11.25" x 15". Printed in the USA.
ISBN: 978-0-9830081-1-8

Dog Ear | Erica Baum
Published: 2011
Details: Perfect-bound. 72 pp, 7.25 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-1-933254-71-5

The Doodle Notebook: How to Waste Time in the Office | Claire Fay
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (25 Feb 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0-500-28739-2

Indie : Littered with Books

With some luck tonite, I was able to knock off earlier and visit the newest indie bookstore @ Duxton Road which is a mere 15 minutes walks from my workplace.

Littered with Books is a independent bookstore housed in a conservation shophouse with an interesting range of carefully selected literary, popular fiction, non-fiction, crime and thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, travel narratives and childrens books. I am totally in love with this charming and quaint place. So much better if there is café.

To my surprise, I've found quite a good choice of books on books, my favourite genre. \^_^/

These are what I've bought :
- Phantoms On The Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet
- Rereadings edited by Anne Fadiman
- The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
- The doodle Notebook : how to waste time in the office (Yes! That's right!) by Claire Fay

Adding four more books is no such a big deal since my room is already littered with books. Haha!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Find Your Book

Found these 3 ads for Gandhi Bookstores at Mexico.

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, México

Chief Creative Officer: José Montalvo

Chief Creative Officer: José Montalvo

Executive Creative Director: Miguel Angel Ruiz

Creative Director: Agustín Vélez

Art Directors: Gabriel Martínez, Demian Nájera, Iván Carrasco

Copywriters: Gabriel Martínez, Demian Nájera, Agustín Vélez, José Montalvo

Illustrator: Ricardo Salamanca

Photographer: Iván Belaustegui / NT producciones

I like the Cockroach one. :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Book Design

These beautiful books have won this year D&AD awards. I couldn't resist to get a copy, except Irma Boom : Biography in Books which costs a hefty USD300.00 for a new copy. OMG!

Irma Boom : Biography in Books

Courtesy to Steven de Joode

Designer : Irma Boom Sonja Heller
Publisher : Alwin van Steijn Garrelt Verhoeven
Illustrator : Rem Koolhaas
Publishing Company : Grafische Cultuurstichting

The Book of Paper

Art Director : Oliver Helfrich
Designer : Irma Boom Sonja Heller
Publisher : Nina Post
Photographer : Antje Peters
Copywriter : Steven Bateman
Editor :Oliver Helfrich

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

Designer : Sara De Bondt
Cover Designer : Jon Gray
Publishers :Visual Editions

For book lovers, please watch 'The making of Tree of Codes' for the last three months of production. Love it.