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  • Cool interview.
    Just curious, but did your brother influence the graphic design of your books? And is that a hand knit vest he’s wearing?
    That electronic media formats and readers are deplorably ephemeral is something that bothers me too. I may someday get a Kindle, if more magazines and newspapers become available on it — printed matter that’s ephemeral anyway (and that I dislike tying in bundles to recycle).
    But I prefer real books that you can flip back and forth in, that have heft and texture and color and smell like new ink (or old ink, or … whatever), and that evoke more than just visual memories. Like babies.

  • dear ann i was haveing a terrible
    night put my knitting down and
    thought i will see what ann and
    kay are up to cause i love me books
    big brother thank you you are blissful
    and a blessing in your calling
    mlk is quite different and i like
    the korean font
    thank you ann looked in on your dads site
    now i can say good night

  • I have never met brother Clif, more’s the pity!
    What a cool video, especially all those shots of the bookshelves.
    A little Bollywood dancing at the end is the only touch I might add.

  • My computer can’t really handle the links, for some reason. Too bad, as I know I am misssing something very special…

  • I love books. I own thousands and have spent obscene amounts on rare, out-of-print editions. But that MLK thing was dumb. The words matter, not the applause.

  • I want bookshelves that look elegantly overflowing instead of just messy.
    I love the “all brainylike” description over your Chicago family — it’s a good adjective for a evoking an intellectual lifestyle that I aspire too — though I need to start drinking coffee or at least tea regularly to better fit that concept. Drinking Coke never looks very intellectual. Maybe if I pour it into a good mug?

  • Hi Dawn–
    When I first read the description of Clif’s piece, I was shocked–one of the most famous speeches in the world, erased?
    But I listened to the whole thing, and I think that’s important here. The noise of the crowd is tentative at first. I begin to hear snippets of King’s words echoing down the Mall. I hear a woman cry out, the voice of the crowd rising as the speech grows in intensity. By the end I was in tears: what I heard was not
    the GLORY of the applause for King’s words, but the echo of his words along the Mall in Washington, the way the speech is received by the people so hungry to hear it. To me, the applause is a small part of this piece: it’s all about the resonating echoes of King’s words, the cries from the listeners, the human reaction to the words. To me, that’s what Clif’s piece is about: we may not remember all the words, but years later, we are moved just the same.
    On MLK Day, I watched the full speech on TV, and I was amazed at how little of it I had ever heard before. I still can’t tell you about much of it beyond the most famous lines. But what I did remember was the visceral reaction I had to that speech. Clif’s work in general gets me thinking about powerful slices of history, recalled later. He’s all about memory, and recalling, and the way a memory can be quite vague, yet powerful.
    Anyway, sorry to run on, but I felt like sharing my reactions to this piece.

  • I cheered for Clif’s perspective on the ease of censorship when dealing with electronic media. Lovely link.

  • Is there anything sexier than a brainy guy who reveres books? (Except on moving day, of course.) There is no greater wallpaper than floor-to-ceiling books. Long live the beautifully printed word!

  • That was a wonderful piece! It was great to hear him talk about his work, inspiration, and how he’s evolved as an artist, and it is also so visually appealing.
    The little ball of yarn on his desk did not escape notice, either.
    Thank you!

  • Why yes, Susan in Katonah, that is indeed a hand knit vest. Thanks for noticing! I didn’t even make him wear it for the interview.
    (Does Sloan Wainwright still have the bakery there in Katonah? I used to live near there and was friendly with her in-laws. She’s sooooo cool. Way cooler than Rufus imho.)
    And, ML, yes moving is not a “day” in our household; it’s a process. A painful process, involving hernias in our youth, and expensive burly men now that we are middle aged.

  • I’m sorry I called it dumb. That was a very unfortunate choice of word. I respect you and Kay so much. Your brother does look like a neat guy. Once again, my apologies.

  • Thank you for sharing this with us, Ann. I can admit that I am generally ambivalent about MLK and his speech but Clif’s piece has given me an all new perspective. Beautiful. You and Mary Neal should both be so proud! (and obviously you are.)

  • Wow. I wish I could take his classes. I just sent this to my daughter who is an English and Photography major. Thank you so much for sharing him with us. Reading about people like Clif Meador brightens up my life. Seriously. And his wife comes up with designs that just blow the mind. What a couple.

  • Hey Ann, do you know you have the coolest brother ever? I’ve watched the video and listened to the MKL audio (and totally got what you were talking about — it was mind bending, actually). I read his CV, all 7 pdf-ed pages of it. I would like to start over and grow up with you two. Such creativity, such smarts. wow. I picture him working along with The Time Traveler’s wife (except she also makes the paper for the books she makes, does he?). I’m so fascinated by all this that my head is in a tizzy. All that creativity between you two, his wife & your husband. Dammit, woman. Leave some for the rest of us!! But thank you for introducing us to your brother. I like him.

  • My brother has thousands of books, too! Your brother’s book, Kora, is of special interest because I am going to the Tibetan Plateau in August. I will celebrate the International Year of Natural Fiber herding yak and then hopefully go to Dege/Derge to circumnavigate this special place of printing and books. Will I turn into a font? Please discuss with your brother: font = stitch? Replicate, pass along?

  • I am constantly trying to make knitting relevant to my generation Next. I made DD#3 and her friend listen to Clif’s interview – they are both in Anchor Graphics at Columbia. DD#3 immediately identified The Books (critique: lame), then she got interested to know Clif shares the dept with AN. By the end of the interview, she confessed to the friend that she loves to make books. The friend not so much. Congratulations for being the best cross-over blog EVER!

  • With apologies to the genius, artist mind, but all I wanted to do was fix those books! Not totally re-organize them, but turn them so the spines were visible, reorient them. Maybe prop some up so the spines aren’t getting all wonky.