This is a book of lists, that is, reproductions of documents found in the collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The concept of the list is broadly defined, so what is selected is not limited to words. A Leo Castelli to-do list, a Franz Kline liquor store receipt, or the 1954 joint tax return of Elaine and Willem de Kooning offer rare glimpses into artists’ everyday lives. Viewing the original document, you experience the many individual, quirky and unique ways that people organize and display their thoughts. It is both interesting and fun.
Elmore Leonard is considered one of the best contemporary writers, so these important but simple rules shouldn’t be taken lightly. With a direct and precise touch, Leonard gives us a glimpse into his process to see what makes for a good story, and the great writing that accompanies it. Joe Ciardiello’s clever illustrations provide a perfect complement for the rules, matching Leonard’s tone, humor and wit.
The Yale Digital Commons has millions of images of objects from their museums, libraries, and archives availably freely online. Because of a new open-access policy, you can currently view a quarter of a million images, with more access to come.
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