Saturday, February 11, 2006


Shaggy Dog Stories

Off to the land of freaky bindings! First up, on eBay there's a Victorian "mechanical Bible scroll" -- this is a new one to me -- with hundreds of pictures apparently operated by turning a key built into binding. Though the key is now missing, the seller notes that "You can turn this with a screwdriver."

I love the idea that some buyer might, say, go into a Starbucks and start "reading" by jamming and twisting a screwdriver into an old book...

Still not a weird enough binding for you? Okay. Allegedly the architect Le Corbusier bound his favorite book in the hide of his favorite dog:

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