Though I read most of my books on tablets these days, my old scruffy friends called paperbacks still evoke potent memories of how they smell, how the pages feel beneath my fingertips, the sense of anticipation that builds because you are nearing the end of the book - a preparation to say goodbye begins as the remaining pages grow fewer. In that sense, endings in books read on tablets can often feel abrupt, even if you do have a gauge at the bottom of the screen showing how much of a percentage you have read. Because reading isn't about percentages. It's about feeling. I lost count of how many times I would simply open a book and literally bury my nose in it for the smell of the paper. New books had a particular scent. Old books would have mellowed and if they had been given to me I would sometimes wonder where they had come from and who had read or owned them before.
If not for fiction, and the many, many worlds contained within books, I probably would have gone insane at some point.
Ok. Insaner. Yes I know that's not a word. Yet.
Last night The Lost and Found Show Books Edition got picked up and thumbed through downstairs at the gallery at Le Poisson Rouge. And if you missed it, you missed one of the best shows to date. With an incredibly talented lineup featuring Michael Maiello, Christina Fitzpatrick, Thomas Pryor and Tim O'Mara as well as an hilarious trivia round, and a fascinating Q&A with Gabriel Levinson from Antibookclub and Nile Southern (the son of Terry Southern, who is working with Antibookclub to bring no less than three Terry Southern projects to fruition). A huge thank you to Lit Crawl NYC and St. Mark's Bookshop for sponsoring and providing the prizes for the trivia contest.
The next theme object for the June show is Keys. Submissions are still open for the July show. Submission details are here.
The deal with my pictures, and using them:
If you are in the picture, use it for any personal purposes you want to. Any performers can use pictures they are in for any self promotional purposes they like. If you want to do something with any of my pictures and money changes hands for (or because of) the picture, you need to talk to me (i.e. no commercial use, other than self promotion, for anyone appearing in the picture). You cannot assign the right to someone else to use my picture (e.g. a newspaper or other company wants to use it). If you’re not sure, ask. I don't bite.
Do not alter my images, especially the watermark. It’s how people can find me if they like what they see. If you need a copy without the watermark for something, talk to me.
Crediting me, listing my website and/or linking to me on Facebook on each picture is appreciated.
If you tag me on a post where you upload multiple pictures, they don’t save on the pictures and the creator/creation link gets lost. If you do it on each picture description (copy and paste works), they skip happily down the years, hand in hand. Or something. If you make one of these your profile picture, be advised Facebook essentially creates a new copy that is not linked unless you specifically tag me on that new copy. If you must crop out the watermark to use it as a profile picture on facebook, please link back to my facebook profile or www.davidstewart.photography on each picture.
All that said, there are two albums:
Full size versions and prints are also available for purchase here on my website. They'll print on anything from paper to coffee mugs and t-shirts. Hell, I'm pretty sure they'll print your visage on the side of a sprinting T-Rex if you pay them enough to do it.