Susan Mills has started an audio interview project called Bookbinding Now. She interviewed me last week, and we talked for about fifteen minutes about book conservation, my background, and tools. I have to confess I haven’t listened to it, since hearing the sound of my own recorded voice makes me cringe. But apart from Susan and myself, I encourage everyone else to check it out.
I recently reviewed “The Thread that Binds: Interviews with Private Practice Bookbinders” by Pamela Train Leutz in The Bonefolder, Volume 6, No. 2, Spring 2010. Here is the beginning of the review:
“In a field as small as bookbinding, a book reviewer occupies a precarious position, since they often have personal knowledge of, if not direct relations with, the author. At the very least, the reviewer and author are usually connected by a friend, or friend of a friend. So reviewing a book that includes interviews with 21 of leading bookbinders currently working in the field places this author in a position beyond precarious – an ideal chance to anger friends, alienate acquaintances and antagonize colleagues. The book even featured a long, highly complementary blurb from the publisher of this journal, Peter Verheyen on the back cover.
Foregrounded by these preoccupations, my hands trembled as I unwrapped my review copy…”
Read the entire review here.