TQC P.S.: Book Guns

As a brief postscript to yesterday’s Scott Esposito interview, we couldn’t resist linking to this Quarterly Conversation piece on the outrageously wonderful “book art” of Robert The. The’s work stands at the exact three-way crossroads we at Abbeville hope to occupy: between books, art, and danger. By cutting and sculpting books into the shape of guns, the artist gives a provocative modern twist to the old notion that “the pen is mightier than the sword”—that words are the world’s most powerful weapon, whether used in service of good or evil. Personally, we sort of wish all guns were book guns. Maybe that’s just our pie-in-the-sky idealism talking…but then again, maybe that’s the kind of truth bullet the world needs Abbeville to fire every once in a while.

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