Omnivore. A journal of writing & visual culture from The NY Institute for the Humanities. 2003




Omnivore. A journal of writing & visual culture. New York Institute for the Humanities, New York University, autumn, 2003. Softcover. First Edition. 176 p., profusely illustrated (mostly in color). Original color pictorial wrappers.

Prototype issue, printed for private distribution, of Lawrence Weschler and company’s prospective journal of writing and visual culture, lamentably never published beyond this issue.

Book is in fine, As New, gift-giving condition, crisp and clean, with tight binding and sharp corners. Prototype issue of a magazine that never got off the ground. Lavishly illustrated, with contributions by a stellar lineup of writers including Ian Frazier, David Hockney, Ricky Jay, Jamaica Kinkaid, Errol Morris, Oliver Sacks, Siri Hustvedt, William Finnegan, Rebecca Solnit, Anne Hollander, and thirty more writers, artists, editors, and designers, all working for the protoype issue as a labor of love.

Weschler begins his introduction with a note on the magazine’s first working title: «‘Pillow of Air’ perfectly describes the reigning aesthetic of the enterprise. in that it invokes those moments of hushed astonishment or absorption when a pillow of air seems to lodge itself in your mouth and you suddenly notice that you haven’t taken a breath in a good half minute. The sort of experience where you get lost to yourself and given over to the marvel of all creation (indeed, to everything but yourself).»


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