leçons en ténèbres

Lessons in Darkness

These mini volumes collect—in manageable doses of 50—potent tweets (one per page) by philosophical writer Bianco Luno. The 140-character-or-less bits of text are selected by the author from Luno's ongoing stream and folded into exquisite minibooks by artist and designer Abby, who suggested putting Luno's tweets to paper.


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The fifty page minibooks are individually handcrafted and made to order by Abby. Dimensions are approximately 3.1 x 3.9 inches.

From correspondence between author and designer:

My tweets, as I say on twitter, are "soul leakings" that range over a large number of themes, some more personal and intimate than my other philosophical writing. There are puzzles, riddles, aphorisms, sharp observations, provocations, micro essays; and cries of despair, alienation, and loneliness; confessions, expressions of desire, anger, sorrow, general melancholy, meditations on love or loss, rages against society, at the way the world is, at myself... sometimes humorous, always self-aware, ridiculous, scandalous, and sublime all at the same time....

Each constrained to 140 characters—perfect for a minibook page.

Bianco Luno styles himself a spiritual terrorist and poet-logician, who combines both existential and analytic modes of philosophy. These minibooks package homeopathic remedies for dark moods, tinctures made from toxins that make us sick. For a select few, though, the tweets' acknowledgment of what is amiss with our constitution offers modest consolation. And Abby's work adds silver lining, like a beautiful label on a bottle of bitter medicine back when such labels alone had the charm to effect a cure.