Mr. Vass said the skills of book mending took him 15 years to master — how to diagnose a book’s ills, what to patch and what to leave alone, how to hide evidence of a repair. He uses hypodermic needles to shoot bits of wheat paste into the corners of dog-eared covers to stiffen them, and an old-fashioned screw press to hold pages in place while adhesives dry.
He talks of his repaired books — 60 to 80 a month — as if they were children heading out into a dangerous, unpredictable world. . . .
Menderies, often called book hospitals, were once common in library systems across the nation. But the digital revolution, cost-control pressures and shifting reader tastes pushed many libraries away from paper and the maintenance of fragile old classics. The internet has made it easy to find used books to replace worn ones, and to borrow through interlibrary lending systems. – New York Times
Pixar’s Inside Out and the Literature of Interiority – A good discussion of the 2015 film Inside Out that focuses on the question of how film makes visible that which lives in the mind of a character. Gabrielle Bellot addresses this question from a number of perspectives, including that of how gender is “portrayed” (and specifically transgender identities). Bellot discusses the differences and similarities between literature and film in translating interiority, and she also discusses the “literature of interiority,” which helps her tackle some of the complexity around the intersections of identity, representation, and media. In some ways the essay is deeply personal, but it also does a good job of raising some fundamental questions around art and representation.