Where do text and image meet? What new thoughts can we have about the history, nature, and future of the book? How can the act of reading be imagined?

Corona 5

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"A book as a box"

Previous volumes of Corona have followed the conventions of academic journals, which give central importance to the printed word. With Corona 5, we move farther away from that center to understand more deeply the "view from the edge."

Seen from the edge, knowledge becomes more than words on a page — it is a performance, an intricate act of visualization. In this perspective, a "book" is less a bound set of pages than a cabinet or box filled with things to be touched, examined, sniffed, wondered about.

We align ourselves with those in the past who understood that significant knowledge has a profound visual, tactile, and dramatic component. We are particularly close to those in the Italian Renaissance who saw texts as buildings, poems as galleries of images, and book as theaters. We understand that those who adorned the margins of books with doodles — trees, maps, diagrams — were also contributing to the text.

The most apt model for this volume of Corona is the the "wonder room" or "cabinet of curiosity," filled with objects defying categorization, mixing fact and fiction, history and myth. The most ambitious of these wonder rooms became "memory theaters" whose wonders were portals to inexplicable mysteries.

And so Corona 5 extends the notion of reading to include making an entrance into a space filled with objects whose object is to entrance.

Hence, a book as a box.

Letter to the Corona Readers To read more, click on the letter to the reader, which describes, using words on a page, what this event is. If these words fail to fully explain, click on the various images of the box and its contents. If you need to "be there" where words and pictures are inadequate, purchase a copy of Corona 5.