For the past few months I’ve been doing typesetting for the Journal for the Entomological Society of BC. We aren’t quite finished yet, but today I tasted the sweet taste of the finish line. It tasted like the fermented remains of months of cycling through both minor and major successes and setbacks.
For a break in the work the Editor-in-Chief Dezene Huber sent me this collection of complaints written in the margins of books that were written by monks by hand. I enjoy “Oh, my hand.” or “Now I’ve written the whole thing: for Christ’s sake give me a drink.” Dear monks, the tools to make books have changed but the story and spirit of bookmakers’ woes remains the same. “Writing is excessive drudgery. It crooks your back, it dims your sight, it twists your stomach and your sides”.
In this spirit, I put together this animated gif of a typesetter’s emotional journey.