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Blurb at Modernism Week
24 Feb 2017

Blurb at Modernism Week

“Why are we here?” I said in answer to a gentleman in enormous sunglasses who was leafing through a copy of CATT Architects 30 Years. “Even books need vacations.” I was joking, of course, because the books, like me, had been working hard all weekend, representing Blurb in (somewhat) sunny Palm Springs for Modernism Week, an annual celebration of Midcentury Modern architecture. Palm Springs is sort...

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Inside Trade Books
21 Feb 2017

Inside Trade Books

About 3 years ago, Blurb introduced a new format, Trade Books. They’re available in three sizes and four print options: Color and black and white, both with standard and economy print types. An obvious use for this format is to create trade paperbacks of novels or memoirs or other text-heavy content. They seem ideal for manuals or event guides or fundraiser projects, where the content...

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Kent’s Book Corner: Quirky Love Stories
14 Feb 2017

Kent’s Book Corner: Quirky Love Stories

I’m not much of a romantic, but with Valentine’s Day approaching I knew that I was going to have to talk about, well, love. Look, I have nothing against love—it’s the stuff of grand narratives. But I’m always interested in books—and authors—that take an unconventional approach to the subject. So, this month I took a deep dive into the Blurb stacks to find three illustrated...

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Photo tip: Almost Perfect
07 Feb 2017

Photo tip: Almost Perfect

Great photography isn’t always about technical perfection. In fact, some of my favorite images are slightly off. Too dark, too light or even slightly out of focus can be trumped by things like mood, feel, emotion and moment. I’ve always been a fan of the edges of things. Even when I covered a Super Bowl, political convention or religious procession, I always found my “power...

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Music and Photography with Bad Seed Barry Adamson
02 Feb 2017

Music and Photography with Bad Seed Barry Adamson

The term “rock star” gets thrown around a lot these days, but Barry Adamson is the real deal. He’s played with seminal bands The Buzzcocks, Magazine, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It’s with this latter band—one of my favorites—that coincidences mount up for me around Know Where to Run, the title of his recent LP and photo book. The music and photographs that compose the...

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