Mia Kirshner on How to Write a Book

Kirshner: This, for example, was my actual book from Ingushetia like all of these are real objects, by the way, and stuff that I collected. So, this handwriting here which was done by Michael Simmons is my writing and this is my journal. So, we knew that we wanted the whole book to be handwritten, but, unfortunately, it was difficult to read. So what we had to do is create our own font, so this is actually a font. Now, that became easy to manipulate. So, for example, this edge here is something that was scanned so later on and this is a video image that I took on my first stay in Ingushetia, this is something that Mike Simmons had painted. This is taped on and all of these things were later scanned on to the page.

Mia Kirshner's guide to hard work and creativity.

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