Jim Brogan, of the Microbibliophile, asked me if I was going to make a Christmas book this year, as I’ve done in the past. I started to object that it was a long time till December 25, but then realized that wasn’t quite true. He has a long lead time for publishing the Microbib, and if I was going to get a Christmas book in the next issue, I’d better get moving.
So this might be my fastest book yet. My first thought was of Christmas cookies, because my mind just naturally tends that way, then I remembered a fun part of my childhood: making trees from old Sears catalogs.
I think this was something I did in the Girl Scouts, because none of the men I know remember doing this, but it was a good way to occupy crazed kids in the run-up to Christmas morning. You took the thousand-page, ten pound fall catalog and started folding each page diagonally, like a big dog-ear, till the top of the page was parallel with the spine. Repeat 1000 times,and you got what some pretentious people are now calling ‘book art':
I combined these two ideas, and got this:
And it turned out like this:
I’ll decide how to package it tomorrow. I think I’ll put it in a slipcase, unfolded, so the buyer can do her own folding. Maybe a little gold star to put on top?