Seeing is Reading

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For those of us who haven’t glanced at e.e. cummings since high school, it’s easy to forget that literature is a visual medium. When we think about reading, our minds often go straight to content. But rockstar cover designer Peter Mendelsund’s masterful work of phenomenology, What We See When We Read (Random House), minces popular conceptions of reading into scattered piles of type. Maddie Crum of HuffPo Books previews it here – aptly, with PDFs.


Liv Lansdale is the book reviews editor for poetsatwork.com. Her favorite sentence of the 18th century is from Wollstonecraft and refers to men as "bugbears." She is actively seeking the perfect mojito. More from this author →