Ask the Dust

I can barely compose a blog post, but if i were ever to write, or perhaps adopt a style of writing, then it would be John Fante's.

I received Ask the Dust as a gift a couple of weeks ago after pondering whether or not to read it.

Fante had been at the back of my mind for a while due to Bukowski's continued mentioning of him. Since I didn't have to make the decision myself, i started reading it instantly, rather than throwing it on a pile of other books. 

Ask the Dust follows the story of Arturo Bandini (a sort of alter-ego of Fante) a writer who has relocated to LA. The novel is semi-biographical and explores how it was to be a writer in the great depression era.

I knew this was something that I liked, and finished it rather quickly considering my pretty slow reading pace. He has a similar 'free-flowing' style to Bukowski, but it seem's like Fante can actually write.  

Jurriaan Schrofer (1926—90)

Over the past few years, i've developed a strong interest in dutch style design and in particularly, dutch typography. This has come about due to numerous visits to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, combined with some targeted research towards dutch style type.

I came across Jurriaan Schrofer, a dutch typographer, mainly overshadowed by the reknowned Wim Crouwel. Schrofer's work combines legibility and illegibility and pushes the boundaries of a cohesion of the two.

I'm not quite sure if it's just the picture, but Schrofer seems a bit typography's equivalent of Albert Camus of the literacy world. Schrofer is regarded as a 'computer-design before the computer'. Frederick Hyugen describes his work as research into perception, visual effects and the optical illusion of perspective: or the interplay of letterform, pattern and meaning. 

Unit Editions has published a fairly decent book of his work, containing essays and a little bit of context.