The Electric Information Age Book. McLuhan / Agel / Fiore and the Experimental Paperback.

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The Electric Information Age Book. McLuhan / Agel / Fiore and the Experimental Paperback.
By Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Adam Michaels.
Published by Inventory Books, Princeton Architectural Press,

Wednesday 3rd October 2012, 7.15pm at X Marks the Bökship

The Electric Information Age Book explores the nine-year window of mass-market publishing in the sixties and seventies when formerly backstage players—designers, graphic artists, editors—stepped into the spotlight to produce a series of exceptional books. Aimed squarely at the young media-savvy consumers of the “Electronic Information Age,” these small, inexpensive paperbacks aimed to bring the ideas of contemporary thinkers like Marshall McLuhan, R. Buckminster Fuller, Herman Kahn, and Carl Sagan to the masses. Graphic designers such as Quentin Fiore (The Medium is the Massage, 1967) employed a variety of radical techniques—verbal visual collages and other typographic pyrotechnics—that were as important to the content as the text. The Electric Information Age Book is the first book-length history of this brief yet highly influential publishing phenomenon.

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Wednesday 19 September 2012, 7.15pm
at Banner Repeater

The Electric Information Age Book. McLuhan / Agel / Fiore and the Experimental Paperback
By Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Adam Michaels.
Inventory Books, Princeton Architectural Press

New joint reading group with X Marks the Bökship, and Arnaud Desjardin from Everday Press, with a specific focus on publishing. Continuing with our enquiry into publishing, past, present and future, the next reading group meeting will be held at Banner Repeater and all are welcome to join us – we are reading up to page 99 of: The Electric Information Age Book.

 
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