Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fantastic Flying Books

This fantasy of living books has been nominated for an Oscar this year UPDATE (2/26/12): It won the Oscar!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Occupy Rose Parade Constitutions

At the end of this year's Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, Occupy protestors carried two giant replicas of the U.S. Constitution. The first beings "We the People," as usual, while the second started with "We the Corporations." Both reproduce its easily recognized iconic form as a parchment manuscript. (The picture appears in the Los Angeles Times, 1/2/2012.)