Soft Cover, English, Thread Stiching, 16 Pages, 2012
A short piece of fiction by the Amsterdam-based graphic designer and writer Louis Lüthi, "Infant A" follows famous book artist Ulises Carrión as he walks on the High Line in Chelsea, discussing a book simply titled “A.”
This is the third installment of The Social Life of the Book, a quarterly series about the contemporary state of the book at all stages of its production and consumption. Each issue is presented as a saddle-stitched signature to be collected and bound into a volume biannually.
"Infant A" features the work of Louis Luthi, a Dutch book designer and writer. It recounts a fictitious conversation between the protagonist and the figure of Ulises Carrion, who also uses the modified words of Guy Davenport, Ron Silliman, Gilbert Sorrentino, and Lynne Tillman. The narrative follows the two men on a walk as they contemplate the title of Andy Warhol's "a: a novel", what the "a" might signify, and the poetic potential of a single letter.