Crystal-Covered Books


San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold wanted to explore the fragility of discarded books. By growing borax crystals on books ranging from Photoshop manuals to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Arnold has created a beautiful reminder of the end.

Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →