Friday, February 25, 2011

Mini-Review: The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Woldwide - Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor

Where I got it: Inter-Library Loan
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (It is what it is.)
Genre: Adult/Coffee Table book
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Harper Perennial 
Page Count: 192 p.(mostly pictures)

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo for your love of books, or just one story or author in particular? Well these folks have. This is a wonderful collection of literary tattoos on booklovers. From Eric Carle to Walt Whitman everybody has that book that meant something to them. Maybe it looked really nice. As the stories of tattoos inside state, not all tattoos are created equal. Sometimes you just have a love for how they look, or a love of words. Sometimes you have something more.

This was a fun coffee table type book. Not something you necessarily sit down and read from cover to cover. I really enjoyed the stories that went with some of the tattoos and some of the tats were amazing. There were some really fascinating books represented on these folks skin. Speaking of Skin. one of my favorite parts was learning about Shelley Jackson's 2,095 word short story that was not written down on paper, called Skin. She had volunteers from all over that agreed to have a word and any punctuation tattooed on a part of their body. Then, they snap a photo and send it to her so she can compile them to make her story. It sounds amazing, and I can't wait to see the finished product.This was a fun little book to look at and definitely worth the time if you are fascinated by tattoos.


  1. I really like the sound of this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I want to look through this now, thanks for sharing :)


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