Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck

Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck

by Ricky Jay
     
 
A classic small celebration and meditation on dice through the ages; both brilliant and beautiful.

"Jay's writing is exactly what one would expect from the extremely erudite, witty and decent author of Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies. There is an explanation of the etymology of "craps," and there are various

Overview

A classic small celebration and meditation on dice through the ages; both brilliant and beautiful.

"Jay's writing is exactly what one would expect from the extremely erudite, witty and decent author of Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies. There is an explanation of the etymology of "craps," and there are various tales of armless dicers, ingenious hustlers, and Scandinavian kings of the Middle Ages who diced for islands. Dice turn out to be rich subjects for Purcell's photography. She presents them as, in a way, monumental ruins on a Stonehenge-type of scale relative to the book. Their forms are enriched by their disintegration and are bathed in light that their varying translucence seems to contain for a moment before releasing it to the lens . . . The book itself is, like a die, a modest object, small for a book of photography and, with a short text, casually organized."—Crispin Sartwell, Los Angeles Times 21 color photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593720308
Publisher:
Quantuck Lane Press
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Ricky Jay is one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists and an expert in the world of fantastic entertainment. His award-winning one-man shows were directed by David Mamet, in whose many films Mr. Jay has appeared. He is the author of New York Times Notable Books Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies and most recently Dice: Deception, Fate, & Rotten Luck with photographs by Rosamond Purcell, the latter two published by The Quantuck Lane Press. He lives in Los Angeles. Rosamond Purcell is known for her collaborations with Stephen Jay Gould, often in conjunction with natural history museums, including Illuminations, Finders Keepers and Special Cases. Her work has been exhibited at major museums nationwide, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Academy of Science, and The Victoria and Albert in London, among many others. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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