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Flight Into Egypt by Timothy C. Ely
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Nov 23, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, art
Read in November, 2010

If I had discovered this book in 2003 I would have been ecstatic and it would have been what I spent the next 3 years subtly attempting to imitate (which would have been an interesting contrast to Nick Bantock, who took the role instead). Ely's art is beautiful, but there is hardly anything that holds this together as a book. It seems more like a collection series of painting/drawing/collage works about a specific theme than anything with a narrative propensity. Ely insists that a narrative is present, but the only narrative present is his story of how he was inspired to make the book. Is that the point? There's some, perhaps, sort of metaphor he tries to development with bookbinding signifiers, but they're lazy and the connection is nary more than a tangent.

Ely comes off as sort of optimistic and naive in the interview that's included, so who knows.
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