Apr 19, 2008

the machine that made us

stephen fry, the bbc, and typography: an entrancing combination. fry, author of many and various books including moab is my washpot and making history, and also host of the bbc show QI (which has a clubhouse and a devoted following among certain of my erstwhile schoolmates from the humanities programme), now turns his considerable talents to investigating the history and technology of gutenberg's development of movable type by trying to recreate a working replica of the press today. (the exercise reminds me a little of thor heyerdahl's kon-tiki and ra ship recreations.) fry's 60-minute show is available in six parts on youtube. part one:

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