Abstractions Arrive: Having Been There All the Time

Abstractions Arrive: Having Been There All the Time

In the spring of 2012, I published this iPad-exclusive e-book pairing a penetrating 15,000-word essay on modern art and photography by William H. Gass — a writer Bookworm’s Michael Silverblatt has called “our greatest living writer of prose in America” — with the “Abstractions” series of photographs by internationally collected photographer Michael Eastman. Gass and Eastman are friends, neighbors, and collaborators, having partnered on, among other projects, the book Auguste Rodin. The writing in Abstractions Arrive is quintessential Gass — erudite, playful, probing, fun. Eastman’s images, which iPad users can tap to isolate and make larger, are some of the most striking in his decades-long oeuvre.

The e-book can be purchased in the iBookstore for just $4.99.

Press
I was very grateful for David Streitfeld’s New York Times piece “A Champion of the Book Takes to the iPad,” as well as shorter notices in The Atlantic Wire, the St. Louis Post-DispatchThe Millions, Conversational Reading, Bookforum, and The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

Short Film
In July 2012, I made this short film with Gass and Eastman talking about the project. Hope you enjoy it. (If so — reminder — the e-book can be purchased here.)