Fence is moving from New York City to the New York State Writers Institute in Albany, NY.
It seems that writers pay being on the level of fifth-grade lemonade-stand attendees isn't just a U.S. phenomenon. From Korea:
Last week, statistics released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism confirmed a time-tested adage in Korean that "art is a hungry thing.'' The data, based on a survey of 2,000 people in art and culture circles, showed how economically hard life is for most of artists.
Among the eight fields surveyed--literature, (painting) art, photography, architecture, traditional Korean music, music, theater, dance, film and popular entertainment--those earning a living from applied or commercial arts, such as architecture or entertainment, fared relatively well.
But for writers, things could not be more grim. Ninety-four percent of the 200 respondents said they earn 500,000 won [US$530] or less per month on average from activities related to their original job--writing--with 37 percent earning nothing.
The International Herald Tribune profiles Irma Boom, a book designer who is set to be awarded a gold medal at the Lepzig Book Festival:
Winning prizes is nothing new for Boom. Working with a single assistant in her Amsterdam studio, she is also accustomed to struggling — in one way or another — to make each of her books as inspiring and surprising as possible. Over the years, she has experimented with everything from elaborate color-codes and hidden motifs to scented bindings, printing on filter coffee paper, producing a 2,136-page book with no page numbers or index, and hacking page edges with a circular saw.
Unexpected though Boom's books look, feel and smell, there is always an underlying logic to their design. The rough-hewn edges of Hicks's book evoke the selvages of her textiles, and the white cover was chosen as a contrast to their rich colors.
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