kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
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writing fan letters to book designers

I wonder if Linda Lockowitz has a google alert set up....

A few months ago I was in a bookstore and I picked up a new Ursula K. Le Guin novel and flipping through it I thought the typesetting was just beautiful, which isn't something that even a designer often thinks of a novel. So I looked in the front of the book and saw it was designed by someone named Linda Lockowitz. I wrote her name down in my journal.

Well, last night, I started reading yswilce's incredible book Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog which was set in a beautiful renaissance humanistic font I'd never seen before called "Requiem" (you can buy it here, it's $248 for a two computer license) based on designs made in 1523 by Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi. I first noticed the uppercase Q but then the question mark, the numbers and then -- the ligatures -- sweet barking cheese -- the beautiful ligatures, it makes me want to find excuses to write words that contain "ct". Anyway, so I looked in the front of the book and guess who'd designed it? Linda Lockowitz. This set about some midnight googling. She doesn't seem to have a web page, but she also designed The Time Traveler's Wife. So, Linda, if you're out there, here's some fan mail.

We had a lot of zucchini that was about to go to the enemy so last night Roswell and I set about stuffing and baking it. Ros spent a lot of the time sitting on the open door of the dishwasher supervising, occasionally huffing down some of the wild rice. She didn't seem too impressed when the final product came out of the oven, but that's fine, because trillian_stars liked it.

* Ego Likeness has an article up on on booking bands -- they are road dogs, they should know (*Wharning, thar be n00dity*)

* Michael Swanwick has rolled out a long overdue website update.

* One of my photos of Neil used in the Scifi Now interview.

Today's the last day to vote in the LJ advisory board elections. I can't imagine that you haven't seen this and voted for me already, but if you haven't -- please do I'm about 5 % points behind where I need to be.

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