What makes a publishing house great? The easy answer is the consistency with which it produces books of value over a lengthy period of time. That would include in our day, beyond the obvious candidates, houses as unalike as Oxford University Press and New Directions. But thereʼs also the energy and flair with which it brings its books to the attention of the general reading public, so doing justice to its authors. And theres its loyalty to those authors. And its over-all conviction that books matter. And, of course, turning a profit.

A new book «Hothouse» (Simon & Schuster), by Boris Kachka takes as a given that its subject, Farrar, Straus&Giroux, has been and remains a great publisher, and without any question that’s the case. FSG, as it’s generally called, has brought us more than half a century of distinguished books, rarely slipping below the level of distinction it hoped to achieve. How it did so is certainly worth both parsing and paying tribute to, but a degree of disillusionment with this project sets in when we get past the cute title to the even cuter and more hyperbolic subtitle: «The Art

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INTO INFINITY

It’s a glorious Saturday and the weather seems mighty uplifting as I make my way to Alasetty village, located along the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border. I am looking forward to this meeting and very excited to see what surprises await me. When I arrive, I notice how removed this place is from the cacophony of everyday life. I set foot inside the property only to be welcomed by an emerald green expanse. Homeowners Sindhu and Anish open the doors to their home and beckon me indoors to reveal a space that is steeped in tradition. I feel enormously at

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FULLY BOOKED

MAKE A MINI LIBRARY WITH THESE BOOK-STORAGE TRICKS

SET UP A READING NOOK. An empty, quiet corner is the perfect space. Make it cozy by placing an upholstered chair, a good lamp, and a side table for your books. Add floor pillows so that your child can join in on the reading, too.

MAKE A SIDE TABLE OUT OF STACKED BOOKS. No space to store your large, hardbound books? Stack them up high to create a side table to hold your coffee cup and even more books!

WRAP IT. Don’t know what to do with books that you’ve already read?

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Book sculptures. Old books re-imagined.

Passing through the lobby of the Four Seasons, an intriguing display of objects caught my eye. What were they? As I came closer, it became obvious that they were books, the pages folded to create exquisite geometrical designs. Fanning out from the spine of the book, their sculptures qualities were evident. Banoo Batliboi introduced herself as a self-taught paper artist who lives and works in Mumbai. For the past three years she has been working in the field of ‘altered book art’.

‘I first saw a book sculpture made out of a paperback in a friend’s house about 10 years

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