A lovely digital representation ...

... of an old-style letterpress at work, with John Kristensen printing books and announcements at Firefly Press, right down to melting his own type. Learn the origins of terms like "matrix" or "out of sorts." Watch the linotype, the machine that put Mark Twain out of the printing business, crank and slide.

Beautiful machinery, beautiful printing.

Video via Good magazine and kottke.com.

March 30, 2007 5:47 PM |



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Reviewing the state of reviewing


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Noir favorites, who makes the cut and why



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