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If you have heard the name Clark Ashton Smith before, it is almost certainly as one of the great triad of Weird Tales writers along with Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. But before he was publishing tales of horror that took the grotesque to a new level, however, Smith crafted vivid and romantic poetry worthy of analysis.
At the beginning of the twentieth century a movement in books arts was beginning to take form and its center was Paris, France. Modern artists began dedicating their attention to art meant for publication as graphic statements and not merely as decorative illustrations to simply accompany text. Their collective aim was to make the book itself a work of art. Take a look at one such rare item from the 1950s we are lucky to have, and learn more about the movement that brought books to the next level.
A group of writers never fail to capture my interest. They fall within a specific genre of writers now loosely deemed literary nonfiction essayists, journalists, and authors that Tom Wolfe called "The New Journalists" like Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, and more. Read more to learn about what that means and why it's such a special genre all its own.