Goodbye Gutenberg: Hello to a New Generation of Readers and Writers

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The Global Renaissance Society, LLC, 2005 - Art - 416 pages
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This book takes you on a journey where no writer has ever taken you before. Author Valerie Kirschenbaum not only dreams of a Renaissance "the likes of which the world has never seen", she gives you the actual blueprint. In warm and intimate prose, she shows you how and why we will experience this Renaissance in our lifetime. Responding to the recent National Endowment for the Arts survey, which documented a precipitous, 20-year decline in America's reading habits, she presents an electrifying new solution for captivating a generation of readers reared on television, movies and music videos. With 860 gorgeous, full colour images from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Maya, India, China, Japan, Tibet, and medieval Europe (many never seen by an American audience), Kirschenbaum provides what world renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser described as "the visual history of the universe and its relationship to writing." She combines the breathtaking beauty of illuminated manuscripts with today's latest technologies to create a scintillating multisensory experience.
 

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Valerie Kirschenbaum is on a mission to bring books into the visual age. She leads the way with her book "Goodbye Gutenberg." This book is a feast for the eyes, but it is not a coffee-table tome to be ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
10
Hello to a New Generation of Writers
33
Hello to a New Generation of Readers
105
Hello to a New Generation of Women
167
Hello to a New Generation of Women
170
Feminine Fonts
181
Beauty and the Book
192
Hello To a New Generation of Teachers
225
Hello to the Critics and Skeptics
306
Goodbye Gutenberg
329
Author Picture
378
A Modern Feminine Font 188
387
Bibliography
394
Index
408
Acknowledgements
414
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Valerie Kirschenbaum is the first female writer in 500 years to design a font for her own book and the inventor of the new genre of "designer writing." A 12 year veteran of New York City public schools, Kirschenbaum currently teaches at Wings Academy in the Bronx. She received grants to study the application of color and design to literature from the International Reading Association and the Children for Children's Fund. She received her B.A. in American Literature and Education from Hofstra University and her M.A. from William Patterson University. Goodbye Gutenberg is her first book.

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