D. W. Young’s elegant and absorbing documentary is a lively tour of New York’s book scene, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers, past and present.
Amble from the Park Avenue Armory’s annual Antiquarian Book Fair - where original editions can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars - to the Strand and Argosy bookstores, still standing against all odds; and nosily take in the beautifully crammed apartments of collectors and buyers too.
The film, executive produced by Parker Posey, features a range of commentators, including Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Gay Talese, and a community of dedicated book dealers and collectors who strongly be lieve in the wonder of the object and what it holds within.
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This online screening was followed by a Q&A with director D.W. Young and hosted by podcaster, presenter and YouTuber Leena Norms.