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We have finished printing the covers for what will be the next Temporary Services booklet: a reprint of TS member Marc Fischer’s essay “Against Competition.” The booklet has illustrations by Kione Kochi on nearly every page and a new Afterword by Fischer. This is our very first booklet that will have been made entirely on a RISOGRAPH. It’s actually our first booklet that will have been made using a RISO at all!
You’ll be able to see this and many other booklets in Temporary Services’ Publishing Clearing House project that will be part of the upcoming exhibit “A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action” at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Sept. 20 - Dec. 20, 2014).

We have finished printing the covers for what will be the next Temporary Services booklet: a reprint of TS member Marc Fischer’s essay “Against Competition.” The booklet has illustrations by Kione Kochi on nearly every page and a new Afterword by Fischer. This is our very first booklet that will have been made entirely on a RISOGRAPH. It’s actually our first booklet that will have been made using a RISO at all!

You’ll be able to see this and many other booklets in Temporary Services’ Publishing Clearing House project that will be part of the upcoming exhibit “A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action” at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Sept. 20 - Dec. 20, 2014).

Caught in the wild!
In addition to selling our titles through the Half Letter Press web store, we’re proud to offer our books in great places! Bindlestiff Books in Philadelphia (pictured) is now carrying four of our titles - Revolution as an Eternal Dream, Mobile Phenomena, Leftover Rightunder, and Records as Portable Exhibitions. 
Some other sites that may have our publications in person are the Print Center (Philly), Printed Matter (NYC), Quimby’s (Chicago), the places on this partial list, as well as a library near you (WorldCat is such a great resource!). If you’d like Half Letter Press books at your shop, school, or library, give us a holler - publishers@halfletterpress.com.

Caught in the wild!

In addition to selling our titles through the Half Letter Press web store, we’re proud to offer our books in great places! Bindlestiff Books in Philadelphia (pictured) is now carrying four of our titles - Revolution as an Eternal Dream, Mobile Phenomena, Leftover Rightunder, and Records as Portable Exhibitions.

Some other sites that may have our publications in person are the Print Center (Philly), Printed Matter (NYC), Quimby’s (Chicago), the places on this partial list, as well as a library near you (WorldCat is such a great resource!). If you’d like Half Letter Press books at your shop, school, or library, give us a holler - publishers@halfletterpress.com.

A sample spread from the booklet Tikibiing Booskikamigaag by Dylan Miner ($10.00)
This 24-page Ojibwe and English book addresses the history of Spring Grove, the original site of Flint, Michigan. The book, part of a larger project, looks at Indigenous history in the area, and includes a series of informational writings and relief prints of edible and medicinal plants on the site: Sumac, Arrowhead, Swamp Milkweed, Red Maple, Blackberries, and Cattail.

A sample spread from the booklet Tikibiing Booskikamigaag by Dylan Miner ($10.00)

This 24-page Ojibwe and English book addresses the history of Spring Grove, the original site of Flint, Michigan. The book, part of a larger project, looks at Indigenous history in the area, and includes a series of informational writings and relief prints of edible and medicinal plants on the site: Sumac, Arrowhead, Swamp Milkweed, Red Maple, Blackberries, and Cattail.

New in our webstore: Tikibiing Booskikamigaag by Dylan Miner ($10.00)
Tikibiing Booskikamigaag (Ojibwe for “Spring Lake”) is a beautiful RISO-printed booklet by Dylan Miner and printed by our good pal George Wietor’s Issue Press in Grand Rapids. An adaptation of a short description by our friends at the Justseeds collective, which Dylan Miner is a part of: This 24-page Ojibwe and English book addresses the history of Spring Grove, the original site of Flint, Michigan. The book, part of a larger project, looks at Indigenous history in the area, and includes a series of informational writings and relief prints of edible and medicinal plants on the site: Sumac, Arrowhead, Swamp Milkweed, Red Maple, Blackberries, and Cattail. We also enjoyed this tough little note from Dylan in the back of the booklet: “Historic photographs were found in various archives. Since settler photographers rarely include the names of Indigenous subjects, I have not included the names of the original photographers.”

New in our webstore: Tikibiing Booskikamigaag by Dylan Miner ($10.00)

Tikibiing Booskikamigaag (Ojibwe for “Spring Lake”) is a beautiful RISO-printed booklet by Dylan Miner and printed by our good pal George Wietor’s Issue Press in Grand Rapids.

An adaptation of a short description by our friends at the Justseeds collective, which Dylan Miner is a part of:

This 24-page Ojibwe and English book addresses the history of Spring Grove, the original site of Flint, Michigan. The book, part of a larger project, looks at Indigenous history in the area, and includes a series of informational writings and relief prints of edible and medicinal plants on the site: Sumac, Arrowhead, Swamp Milkweed, Red Maple, Blackberries, and Cattail.

We also enjoyed this tough little note from Dylan in the back of the booklet: “Historic photographs were found in various archives. Since settler photographers rarely include the names of Indigenous subjects, I have not included the names of the original photographers.”

HALF LETTER PRESS newsletter December 2013

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Greetings, friends!

This newsletter finds us in a working mode. As members of Temporary Services, we are currently working on multiple exhibitions in the U.S., have recently completed our 100th publication (yay!), and continue to administer and expand our ongoing projects and research. As Half Letter Press workers, we have new stock that we’re excited to include in the shop including a brand new book on our Half Letter Press imprint. As individuals, we’re also working away at the jobs and projects that we are involved in outside of our Temporary Services or Half Letter Press work. Some of our outside work is for love, and some is to pay the rent. Some involves long-time collaborators, and some involves new and wonderful friends. 

We are always mindful of the hard work and great support of all of the people that have come before, that work alongside us, and of those to come. As we reflect on our journeys and continue to work, we thank you for your readership, your interest and inquiries into our health and activities, and your own creative endeavors. 

As we wrap up 2013 we also remember with fondness Stephanie Ognar, a fellow artist whose work was exhibited at the first Tempora ry Services storefront location on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago back in 1999. Friends of Stephanie have set up the Stephanie Ognar Memorial Scholarship Fund in Art and Design at the University of Illinois, and you can donate to the fund here:http://faa.illinois.edu/stephanie_ognar_memorial_scholarship_fund. Stephanie’s art can be found at her website, http://www.stephanieognar.com.

Some news and notes:

Retail visitors to our web store can currently enjoy a 15% discount on all stock! Sale prices listed below.

The long-awaited new book from Wes Janz is here!

Leftover Rightunder: Finding Architectural Potential in Found Materials.Written by Wes Janz and designed by Jerome Daksiewicz. Published by Half Letter Press: ISBN 978-0-9818023-3-6. Paperback. In stock for $10.00. SALE $8.50. 

Leftover Rightunder is a collection of photographs and text from Wes Janz, teacher, writer, artist, and builder. It is a dazzling collection of documentation from self-made and teaching projects, work in conjunction with design, education, and marginalized, on-the-ground communities, and is both global and local in its scope. 

Our planet’s poorest people are also its largest construction force. Whether recent immigrants to growing cities or the last residents in shrinking cities, these occupiers have a great need and, often, no choice but to self-build. They use whatever can be found to create places to live, to work, and perhaps hide. Leftover Rightunderhighlights selected projects from ten years of Wes Janz’s efforts to showcase these people’s work in the design and education communities of which he is a member.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20
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We will be in Los Angeles 

We are happy to report that Marc will be tabling at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in late January/early February 2014. Details on the fair are here:http://laartbookfair.net/ 

Visitors to the fair who stop by our table can pick up one of our Half Letter Handbills as long as supplies last! See more about that project here:https://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=33.

To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email us at publishers@halfletterpress.com.

You can also socialize with us via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

Some new stock we’re excited about follows. Thanks as always for your input, your support, and your interest in challenging creative projects!

– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press

 


 

NEW & NOTABLE:

Leftover Rightunder, by Wes Janz. New from Half Letter Press in 2013. A 96-page softcover book packed with images and text. $10.00. SALE $8.50. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/ index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_3&products_id=323

 


 

Self-Reliance Library (2nd edition), by Temporary Services, 2013. Our 100th publication! This is the much improved and enlarged second version of the booklet for our project Self-Reliance Library (on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia through April 6, 2014. More pages, tighter design, better printing, 38 color illustrations, and writings about each of the publications in this collection. $5.00. SALE $4.25.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_2&products_id=318

 


 

Lil’ Buddies Magazine (issue 1), by Edie Fake, self-published, 2013. Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. $4.00. SALE $3.40. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=319< /a>

 


 

Come Hell or High Water: a handbook on collective process gone awry,by Delfina Vannucci and Richard Singer. AK Press, 2010. A truly welcome and necessary book on collective process. Often when books like this are published, they come from and speak to more of a mainstream corporate perspective. While still usually interesting for people who work in groups, they perhaps don’t really come close enough to the kind of culture we are trying to make, our politics, and our values. Come Hell or High Water focuses on identifying the kind of things that can go wrong in collectives, and while it may feel a bit negative because of its attention to the most challenging parts of working in a collective (rather than celebrating the many rewards), this book w ould make an excellent addition to any group or collective’s library. $10.00. SALE $8.50. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=313

 


 

The Book on Books on Artist Books, by Arnaud Desjardin. The Everyday Press, 2013 (second expanded version). This is a bibliography of books, pamphlets and catalogues on artists’ books. It takes stock of a wide variety of publications on artists’ books since the early 1970s to draw attention to the kind of documentary trace of distribution, circulation and reception they represent. It aims to be a source book of exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, monographs, dealership catalogues and other lists published to inform, promote, describe, show, distribute and circulate artists’ books. $27.00. SALE $22.95. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=320

 


 

WANT TO ORDER?

Our website processes orders using Paypal, so you can use a credit/debit card, or your existing Paypal account. We will also accept alternative methods of payment including money orders, checks, and some trades. Some ideas are here.

To use an alternate method of payment, please contact us about it first and we can give you instructions on how to complete the transaction. Send an email to pubishers@halfletterpress.com to talk to us. 

ATTENTION STORES, DISTROS, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES!

We offer volume discounts to schools and libraries and wholesale pricing to stores and distributors on some titles. We would especially like you to consider the books that we have published under the Half Letter Press imprint, including:


Mobile Phenomena


Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective.


Audible Dwelling 


PDF: Public Phenomena, only $5

Please contact us at publishers@halfletterpress.com for pricing and distribution details. 


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Half Letter Press News is a monthly message to fans, friends, and customers of Half Letter Press. To join or leave the email list for this newsle tter, or to change the address where you receive it, please email publishers@halfletterpress.com.

Half Letter Press is run by Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. Our HQ is in Chicago, and we live there, in Philadelphia, and in Copenhagen.

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New in our webstore!
Lil&#8217; Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil&#8217; Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: &#8220;We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the &#8220;Lil&#8217; Buddy&#8221; unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil&#8217; Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil&#8217; Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.&#8221;
New in our webstore!
Lil&#8217; Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil&#8217; Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: &#8220;We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the &#8220;Lil&#8217; Buddy&#8221; unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil&#8217; Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil&#8217; Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.&#8221;
New in our webstore!
Lil&#8217; Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil&#8217; Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: &#8220;We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the &#8220;Lil&#8217; Buddy&#8221; unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil&#8217; Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil&#8217; Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.&#8221;

New in our webstore!

Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)

A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake!

Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services.

Fake writes:

“We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises.

Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”

New in our webstore! 
Self-Reliance Library: 2nd Edition by Temporary Services ($5.00)The 100th publication by Temporary Services! This is the much improved and enlarged second version of the booklet for our project Self-Reliance Library. More pages, tighter design, better printing, 38 color illustrations, and writings about each of the publications in this collection.  The Self-Reliance Library is an autonomous reading and creating library.It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.  The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.
Click here to buy a copy.

New in our webstore!

Self-Reliance Library: 2nd Edition by Temporary Services ($5.00)

The 100th publication by Temporary Services! This is the much improved and enlarged second version of the booklet for our project Self-Reliance Library. More pages, tighter design, better printing, 38 color illustrations, and writings about each of the publications in this collection.

The Self-Reliance Library is an autonomous reading and creating library.It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.

The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.

Click here to buy a copy.

 101. Forget to die. Repeat and live forever.  
 — Lucky Pierre, Actions for Chicago Torture Justice
Another potential use of the score which I’m increasingly interested in is in the realm of political activism. How might the performance writing form of ‘action’ expand beyond the recognizable activist performance model (scripts for street theater, etc.) and/or the much more militant and confrontational modes of direct action which are generally discussed in terms of efficacy (symbolic &amp;/or material) rather than ‘as performance’ (as if the latter threatens to turn the political into the ‘merely’ aesthetic)?1
One recent example of new thinking along this continuum uses the instruction-art model to propose actions that range from the more conventionally confrontational political activism to ‘symbolic’ art-actions to the seemingly impossible/ ’imaginational’/ ’unthinkable.’
Read more of this article by David Buuck.

101. Forget to die. Repeat and live forever.  

Lucky Pierre, Actions for Chicago Torture Justice

Another potential use of the score which I’m increasingly interested in is in the realm of political activism. How might the performance writing form of ‘action’ expand beyond the recognizable activist performance model (scripts for street theater, etc.) and/or the much more militant and confrontational modes of direct action which are generally discussed in terms of efficacy (symbolic &/or material) rather than ‘as performance’ (as if the latter threatens to turn the political into the ‘merely’ aesthetic)?1

One recent example of new thinking along this continuum uses the instruction-art model to propose actions that range from the more conventionally confrontational political activism to ‘symbolic’ art-actions to the seemingly impossible/ ’imaginational’/ ’unthinkable.’

Read more of this article by David Buuck.

Now available for purchase in our web-store:
Records as Portable Exhibitions and Interactive, Participatory Objects by Temporary Services
Printed on heavy, glossy paper, this little booklet is packed with writing along with twenty color illustrations. And yes, the front cover, drawn from the back of &#8220;Shinin&#8217; On&#8221; by Grand Funk, will produce a 3-D effect if you have a pair of glasses handy.
This booklet focuses on vinyl records and their packaging that are either interactive and participatory, or that operate like portable exhibits. Temporary Services made this booklet to accompany a collection of the albums that are featured in this publication. We love music and the rich collaborations that surround its production and presentation. We also enjoy the democratic aspects of mass produced creative works like records. As a group that has released no records but has authored and/or self-published nearly 100 booklets, books, and newspapers (along with lots of posters and ephemera), we love the idea of creative things that don’t cost a lot of money to make or sell and that thousands of people can own. And okay, a couple people in the group are record collectors so this project was bound to happen at some point. The albums in this exhibition and booklet represent a range of inspired listening concepts, design strategies and interactive possibilities for 12” long-playing phonographic records. We have collected these records together because they serve as a vehicle for a range of interactive possibilities or an unusually generous array of readable and viewable materials. These records go far beyond the standard presentation of music recorded to vinyl and packaged in a cardboard sleeve. Some of these records include enough printed inserts to comprise a substantial wall display or a small exhibition. Others encourage action – even asking you to draw on the cover or dismantle part of the interior and wear it. Some of the records discussed in this booklet include albums by: Bootsy&#8217;s Rubber Band, Cheech and Chong, Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Alice Cooper, Crass, The Ex, Faces, Hawkwind, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Man, Parliament, Rolling Stones, Sweet, Terry Plumming and The Who.

Now available for purchase in our web-store:

Records as Portable Exhibitions and Interactive, Participatory Objects by Temporary Services

Printed on heavy, glossy paper, this little booklet is packed with writing along with twenty color illustrations. And yes, the front cover, drawn from the back of “Shinin’ On” by Grand Funk, will produce a 3-D effect if you have a pair of glasses handy.

This booklet focuses on vinyl records and their packaging that are either interactive and participatory, or that operate like portable exhibits. Temporary Services made this booklet to accompany a collection of the albums that are featured in this publication. We love music and the rich collaborations that surround its production and presentation. We also enjoy the democratic aspects of mass produced creative works like records. As a group that has released no records but has authored and/or self-published nearly 100 booklets, books, and newspapers (along with lots of posters and ephemera), we love the idea of creative things that don’t cost a lot of money to make or sell and that thousands of people can own. And okay, a couple people in the group are record collectors so this project was bound to happen at some point.

The albums in this exhibition and booklet represent a range of inspired listening concepts, design strategies and interactive possibilities for 12” long-playing phonographic records. We have collected these records together because they serve as a vehicle for a range of interactive possibilities or an unusually generous array of readable and viewable materials. These records go far beyond the standard presentation of music recorded to vinyl and packaged in a cardboard sleeve. Some of these records include enough printed inserts to comprise a substantial wall display or a small exhibition. Others encourage action – even asking you to draw on the cover or dismantle part of the interior and wear it.

Some of the records discussed in this booklet include albums by: Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Cheech and Chong, Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Alice Cooper, Crass, The Ex, Faces, Hawkwind, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Man, Parliament, Rolling Stones, Sweet, Terry Plumming and The Who.

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