A Hundred Years of: Lex Flex
By Ruth Laxson
Press 63 Plus / Nexus Press
Atlanta, Georgia: Nexus Press, 2003. Edition of 500.
48 pages. Digital prepress and offset printing. Paper is Mohawk Vellum. 10.5 x 8" book with gray paper covered boards.
Laxson's book provides a timeline of the technological innovation that propelled language to new extremes of inventiveness in the twentieth century as well as considering what was being lost. Recounts the first third of the century in a typewritten account of large historical events counterpointed by site-specific tales from the rural South. The middle segment of the book, printed from handset type, recounts the transformation of American life in the war years and after, leading to the digital revolution that is captured in the final, computer-assisted segment.