2014

Unravelling pages

A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley

Written and designed by Warren Lehrer
Goff Books, $34.95, £20.62, hardback

Warren Lehrer is best known for French Fries (Visual Studies Workshop Press / EarSay Books, 1984). In an era before computer-aided layout, he made a work that broke the grid – and possibly the crystal goblet – creating lyrical pages with undulating fonts, images, and spectacular tints, in which the design was not mere accessory to story but an integral mode of its performance. For all its acclaim and influence, French Fries remains an out-of-print, avant-garde work …

Cover of A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, written and designed by Warren Lehrer.
Top: A spread showing two of the many books supposedly written by the improbably prolific protagonist Mobley.

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David Banash, Professor, Department of English at Western Illinois University

Read the full version in Eye no. 88 vol. 22 2014

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