The summer solstice in June marked the second year anniversary for Missing Links Press! We're happy to report that we’re in the midst of many exciting projects - take a look to see what's coming soon and to read Tom's dispatch from the British Isles.
Due in for the holidays is Brian Unger’s novel SAN SEBASTIÁN, a contemporary tale about a Buddhist college professor and his circle of ex-pat surfers in an edgy Puerto Rican beach town. Unger is also preparing a critical edition of Philip Whalen's literary journals, and is the editor of the literary publication Zen Monster. His novel will include full-color illustrations by artists Wade Koniakowsky, Richard Fitzgerald and others.
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Mayumi Odafans, rejoice! Missing Links Press will publish a book of this beloved artist’s collected work from the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara in late spring 2016. This book will include interviews and reflections on Mayumi from Bay Area friends and patrons who are part of the SF Zen Center community, as well as color photos of Mayumi’s work from their personal collections. A trade edition will be published for $45 along with a limited deluxe edition, pricing not yet available.
Paperspecs loves Missing Links Press!
We’re delighted to again be featured on Sabine Lenz’s paper inspiration site Paperspecs, a source for instruction and inspiration in the paper-based arts. In this new video review Sabine examines the elegant design and construction of Jane Hirshfield’s minus / my-ness. Watch the video here
Celebrating a Missing Links favorite
At Codex V earlier this year we were excited by the attention Ed Brown received during his signing at the Press’ booth, and the popularity of the hardcover edition of his novella By All Means. This sweet story of discovery and enlightenment is perfect read on a relaxed summer afternoon, in an edition that will last for many summers to come. All remaining copies of this clothbound edition are signed by the author.
Related book design news
As part of an ongoing partnership with the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Chroma publications, Tom’s design company Ingalls Design recently celebrated the arrival of the third book in this series by June Yong Lee entitled SKIN.View all of the titles in the series here
Notes from the North Atlantic
A miniature of Coniston village near its eponymous lake, pictured above.
Missing Links Press Founder Tom Ingalls spent an idyllic June traipsing up and down the British Isles in search of the finest golf courses, seashores, rare books, and the ultimate sticky toffee pudding. Enjoy some highlights below.
The trips starts off in the coastal town of North Berwick in East Lothian Scotland. After settling into our beautiful bed and breakfast, we head out for dinner at the Nether Abbey Hotel. After delicious lobster and chips (fries to us Americans) I ordered my first sticky toffee pudding of the trip, the first of fourteen! (I did have help with consuming them . . .)
St. Andrews and Cruden Bay are two of the great golf courses on the east coast of Scotland. We were able to play at the home of golf a month before the open. Pictured here are golfers coming in on eighteen. Several days later, we came to Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire Scotland. Finally, near the end of the trip you see me here on the eighth green at Donald Trump’s Turnberry in Ayrshire. Before the round, I spotted the Donald eating a chicken caesar in the newly New Jersey-style redesigned club house. I said “Hello” and he said “Hey, how’s it going?” A week later he announced his bid for the presidency.
After ten days of rigorous golfing and sticky toffee pudding rating, we settled into our hotel in Edinburgh and put on our sophisticated tourists’ hats. One of our stops was at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Here we see my travel mate William Stout reading in their main library. In the adjacent Special Collections room was the Penrose Library of artist’s books, devoted to his collection of Surrealism and Dada. Roland Penrose wrote the first major biography of Pablo Picasso, and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery was his wife Lee Miller’s photographs of Picasso and his inner circle during and after World War II. This book display accompanied the Modern Art Gallery's exhibition of surrealist paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
On one of Edinburgh's back streets is the lovely Lady Stair’s Close, on which this fine old mansion was built in 1622. It is now called the Writer’s Museum. The title reflects its role as the museum of memorabilia from Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The museum is packed with letters, books, statues, and artifacts of all three writers including a tasty little book shop where I bought a series of these beautiful letterpress Robert Burns postcards.
On the advice of my friend Dominic Riley, who resides in the Lake District, I visited Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin (who resided there from 1872-1900). After touring the beautiful Lakeland arts and crafts house I meandered down the hill to what was the coach house and stable, now renovated into a lovely cafe. I ordered a bowl of classic leek and potato soup, served with crusty bread, fresh churned butter, and--my favorite of all--English watercress.
On the north end of the Lake District, near Keswick, sits Castlerigg. This may be one of the earliest circles in Europe, its stones raised around 3200 BC. Castlerigg is spectacularly situated around the mountains and the surroundings of this numinous ring. One of Castlerigg’s many functions may have been to act as an emporium connected with the Neolithic stone axe industry in the Langdales. In 1875, an unpolished stone axe was found in the ring itself.
After a lovely visit in Lancastershire, where I got to play Royal Lytham golf links, I traveled on the M-5 to London. At one of the many crossover rest stops I spotted Backwards Man staring out at the passing traffic. It was a five hour drive, with plenty of traffic as I got closer to London. Once I arrived at my hotel in Soho I unpacked and looked for a place to eat. The next morning I happily got rid of my Spanish SEAT automobile at the Hertz near Marble Arch. I later received a $100 fine for a congestion fee from the London Traffic Control.
Weeks earlier, at the suggestion of a lovely young Englishwoman, after my flight first arrived in London, I walked from my hotel to Covent Garden and got a table at Rules, the oldest running restaurant in London (established 1798). They have a lovely bar upstairs where you can enjoy a signature Kate Middleton cocktail before and after a classic English restaurant experience. The food and service were both first-class. I left chuffed and sated, walked back to my hotel, and fell to sleep in the comfy bed.
As you cross Scotland from east to west along Loch Ness, you eventually come out of the Highlands into the coastal range near Ben Nevis and Fort William. We stopped for coffee and a snack before we drove back into the mountains over the gap of Glencoe. Due to the late spring and heavy rains in Scotland, the mountain passes looked like a tartan themselves. The gold of the gorse, the lavender of the heather, and the green of the evergreen against the black rock created giant color patches as we crossed into the great moor.
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