Laying it out has me thinking a lot about formatting, and what my literary forebear might have thought about seeing his work onscreen. Unless you’re sitting in a cubicle pretending to work – in which case, by all means scroll away! – you may want to skip down to the bottom of each section of the book and use the “Share/Save” button to email the text to yourself or create a printer-friendly version.
The best part, though, is that the text comes lavishly illustrated (I’ve always wanted to write that phrase) with beautiful drop-cap typography by designer-illustrator extraordinaire Jessica Hische. I’ve long been a fan of her amazing Daily Drop Cap project and am so excited to feature her work here.
In fact, she and I briefly worked together in the same office, Studiomates – the one I poke fun at in Excerpt 2 – which was when she was running her genius “The Internet Sends Me Cake” project. I’m more of a pie girl myself, but I wasn’t one to turn down free baked goods by mail.
hen I emailed her recently to say thank you I sent along this picture of the view from my window where I write. I like to think of it as an analog analogue of her work, which you see in its multi-branched goodness right here.
Now go forth and Gogol it up! I have that half-jealous, half-wistful feeling that’s only produced by wishing you could read one of your favorite books for the first time again…