Egghead likes his bookie-book*

OK, so one day I’m gonna finish the dang novel.

And when I do, the plan is to hand-make a small batch of copies, hand-sewn, hand-signed and all that jazz. It may be that no two are exactly alike. Collectors editions and junk, assuming the book is good enough that someone actually wants to collect it.

I’m inspired right now more than ever, having just paid a second visit to our town’s annual Labor Day Weekend booksale and scoring a first-edition Gunter Grass novel and three collections of short fiction by authors including Hemingway, Carson McCullers, Steinbeck, Updike and Scotty Fitz.

“All our books are designed and produced under the same roof,” he says. “These days, very few publishers run their own printing presses.”

In the spirit of both great writing and craft-made books, I’m gonna talk Jenn into sitting down and watching “How to Make a Book with Steidl” tonight.

Gerhard Steidl is to books what a craft brewery is to beer. “All our books are designed and produced under the same roof,” he says. “These days, very few publishers run their own printing presses.”

His clients have included Lou Reed (“Lou Reed’s New York”) and, as fate would have it, Gunter Grass (“The Tin Drum”). And if nothing else, this award-winning doc will serve to pull me away from my stack of new books for 90 minutes.

“How to Make a Book with Steidl” is available for streaming on Netflix.

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*Come on, y’all remember this

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