Thursday, February 3, 2011
It was a pretty beat up copy, 1977 printing. Scotch tape on the binding and brownish paper from years of oxidation. The lady wanted $3 for it. Sure, for a classic, that's a bargain. Two things of note about my copy of the Sontag classic. It had Art Center College of Design library markings on it ("that" famous Pasadena art school) so it was obviously a way overdue book. The other thing was the bookmark that was inside the book - a black-and-white proof containing two images of a nude holding an apple. (I ended up using the tiny picture as a model for larger canvas painting.) Inspiration comes from unexpected places.