They got us at floppy disks. Also at new bookstore in East Williamsburg.
The curiosity lead us to 99 Montrose Ave. where artist and designer Natalie Shields launched her fresh artist book, “Love, Floppy Disks & Other Stuff The Internet Killed.”
First of all, you should know that Spoonbill & Sugartown, the lovely bookstore we know from Bedford Avenue, has opened their second location in East Williamsburg. Opened in June, Spoonbill has joined our area’s flourishing bookstore scene, and now has regular daily hours from noon to 6 p.m.
Spoonbill specializes in used, rare and new books on contemporary art, art history, architecture, and various design fields, and their East Williamsburg location is floor-to-the-ceiling full of books that beg you to get lost in their pages for hours.
An owner Jonas Kyle gave us a warm welcome and teased several great artist book parties they have coming up. Tomorrow, Nov. 17, artist Lucas Blalock will present his photobook that engaged augmented reality, “Making Memeries.” (Say WHAT?!)
On Dec. 5, Spoonbill will help to launch artist book by Juliana Cerqueira Leite, “A Potential Space,” which is a work of anatomical fiction that aims to challenge and re-imagine how the vagina is represented.
Yesterday, we joined Thought Catalogue Books, which is an imprint of everyone’s fave personal essay destination. Young artist, Natalie Shields, in conversation with Tumblr’s editor-at-large, Annie Werner, presented her book, which reads like surfing on the internet (no joke). Shields explained that while flipping through her high school yearbooks and using Yik Yak app, she noticed that people repeat things from pop culture as thoughts over and over again.
Shields said that people of our generation are often unable to express their sadness and can’t establish themselves from fiction. “Internet ruined our perception of death,” she said. These reflections brought her to creating her book.
“Love, Floppy Disks and Other Stuff The Internet Killed” is a visually stimulating cross between a zine, a yearbook and an Internet binge session. It is an interesting reflection of our culture, our generation, love, gender roles and how we talk to one another. Get it here. And see you at Spoonbill & Sugartown at one of their events.
Cover image courtesy of Spoonbill & Sugartown.