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THE BOOK THAT SCREAMED by Larry Butterworth

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One could imagine the book, venerable as it is, just vanishing into the ether.
It melts into all the other information species searchable through Google’s most
democratic of engines: the web pages, the blogs, the orlglns of printed and broadcast news,
the general chatter. (Thanks for everything, Gutenberg, and now goodbye)
Now at this point one expects to hear a certain type of sentimental plea for the
old-fashioned book-how you like the feel of the thing resting in your hand, the smell
of the pages the faint cracking of the spine when you open a new book-and one may
envision an aesthete who bakes his own bread and also professes to prefer the
sound of vinyl. That’s not my argument. I do love the heft of a book in my hand, but I
spend most of my waking hours looking at-which mainly means reading from-a computer
screen. I’m just saying that the book is technology that works.
For some kinds of books, the writing is on the wall. Encycolpedias are finished.
All encyclopedias combined, including redoubtable Britannnica, have already been itself in cyberspace.
where it has doubled in size and grown more timely and usable than ever. And those hefty
objects called “telephone books”? As antquated as typewriters. The book has had a life
as the world’pre-eminent device for the storage and retrieval of knowledge, but may be ending,
where the physical object is concerned.

Excerpts from: How to Publish Without Perishing by James Gleick, The New York Times.

Took lots of photos of books in different positions, used filters
created a background from scratch, added gradient and blends
drew the fire and drew the lightning, blurred and opacity change
photo of hands inserted, face inserted, tower inserted, birds inserted


  • navybrat
    navybratabout 6 years ago


  • Thanks Mr. Navybrat

    – Larry Butterworth

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethabout 6 years ago

    wow that is fantastic.

  • Thanks for the good word.

    – Larry Butterworth

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosabout 6 years ago

    Oh, Larry…. Larry…
    So my husband says the same thing..
    I look at the shelves… and with a contrited heart..
    I ask their forgiveness..
    for I am… (yes….. do not close dumb your ears with your hands….)… I…..have… been unfaithful to them..
    Yes, yes….
    But … just a little bit… and expect them to let them be opened again with an smile, and not this terrible sight.. bloody sight of a peeled out…. without skin, withou love..
    Yes… Larry… they have forgiven me.. already….and when I make a break in my daily routines… just after lunch.. (our lunch is at 2 or 2:30 p.m. …) i lay on my bead, dim the light, been left alone, inspirational, intimate and really…. renovate my votes…and letting my mind being “washed” by their so crispy sound.. as I pass the leaves…. I cry out in passion..
    “Oh….. my dear ones, my companions, my emotional tide’s witness… my confidents, my masters… soul clothing….animated visions…. warm pillows…. and… (in my paroxism…. (ollowing the celebrated Gollum’s expression….. ) MY TREASSSSSSSURE!!!!!!.
    Rosa ( your work is a bomb and the writing… very, very inspirational and clearing too… je, je, have a hug Larry)

  • Rosa, thanks for the inspirational comment

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Danilo Lejardi
    Danilo Lejardiabout 6 years ago

    This is perfect! So impressive . Tons of thoughts from it.

  • Thanks Danilo I appreciate your comment, Regards

    – Larry Butterworth

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryabout 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks I appreciate it

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Alleycatsgarden
    Alleycatsgardenabout 6 years ago

    wonderful symbolic image

  • Thanks much for the good word

    – Larry Butterworth

  • reflector
    reflectorabout 6 years ago

    Excellent, concept-driven Art ! Great thinking, composition and processing.

  • appreciate your support reflector

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Paul  Carlyle
    Paul Carlylealmost 6 years ago

    This is one of your best works ever, Larry …. i love the hands positioned over the text like hands over a keyboard, or perhaps reading braille. Wonderful and thought provoking – yes it’s amazing to live in an age where NEW technology can become redundant in a handful of years, let alone the stuff that has underpinned society and civilisation for mulitudes of generations……. Are we perhaps unconciously preparing ourselves for a world where there will be no ROOM for bulky physical objects? Where only the virtual and non-space-consuming will accommodate the crush of people on the planet?

  • Thanks for the great comment, A cyber world depends on electricity take that and we are lost, I love books and enjoy the physical part of it, I’ll try to keep mine anyway. Always good to hear from you.

    – Larry Butterworth

  • Paul  Carlyle
    Paul Carlylealmost 6 years ago

    Ditto, Larry … perhaps cyber technology will become so miniaturised and refined that it will be plugged directly into our brains and will run off our own bio-electricity?? I’d rather read a book tho …

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizalmost 6 years ago

    wow! Larry!! This is fantastic!!!!!

  • Thanks Helene for the cool comment.

    – Larry Butterworth

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