Swamp Press starts it all with flips

When I walked into the New York Book Fair at the Loeb Student Center at NYU that fall in the early 1980s, little did I know that my sense of what a book can be was about to get greatly enlarged.  There was so much, but what stands out is Ed Rayher and his Swamp Press, whose little flip books were the “engine that could,” helping fund a magnificent body of publishing that pushed the boundaries for the physical presentation of small press literature.  We will be exploring other Swamp Press titles and much more in this category, but these little flipbooks, and the “pillow book” below, have helped me quickly and efficiently break loose students’ fixed ideas on what form a book can take, and why.  Thank you, Ed Rayher.

 

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