In the space of 20 minutes, student Hanah Ryu Chung shows all that is held dear in the heart of the traditional bibliophile. In her documentary entitled EPILOGUE: The Future of Print, eight individuals involved in the print business in Toronto, share their love of the printed word, while offering an opinion on the future of the book.
Ultimately, Chung’s documentary is something of an eulogy to the printed word, although the printed word, as many of us know, is far from deceased. EPILOGUE will resonate fully with those like me who prefer the book in its physical form. The documentary’s absolute highlight for me comes around the 12:25 mark when Michael Torosian of Lumiere Press says one of the most profound things I’ve heard yet, in defence of the printed book. I’ve transcribed it as follows:
From what I’ve seen on something like a Kindle, fundamentally all books look the same. It’s a user option as to the size of the type and the font. So what you’re doing is you’re eradicating an entire culture of skilled artisans who’ve made decisions about how to present words in a manner that somehow reinforces the text, are evocative of the period, give you some kind of subconscious landscape that you can go through as you read the book. All of that is taken away from you
Never more beautiful words spoken. My thanks to Hanah Ryu Chung and to all documentary contributors, for putting a glow in my bookish heart.