What is a book, and what can you use it for? 

The folks behind the just-released The Thing The Book have some unexpected answers. Each traditional element of a book—from endpapers to footnotes—is assigned to a different artist or writer including John Baldessari, Miranda July, and Jonathan Lethem. 

Contributions include (top-bottom): 

  • Bookplate: “Ex Libris” by Ed Ruscha
  • Flip Book: “Dancers” by Dave Muller
  • Thumb Tab and Untitled by Lawrence Weiner with Bookmarks by David Shrigley and Folios by Tauba Auerbach
  • Paintings: “Poem Paintings” by Chris Johanson


People with a lot of empathy who are sensitive to the pain of others and considerate of others are valuable and actually no scratch that they’re priceless. Priceless precious people. Protect them at all costs. Keep them close to you. Don’t lose them. Feed them hot meals and give them clean socks.