Lately, we've been trying to find ways off the screen, back into the physical world of things and interactions, so we were pretty jazzed to come across The Open Source Digest this morning, a low budget publication of freely available, out of copyright material from the public domain. About 50 Swedish Kroner, it seems at first a bit backwards to be charging for free material, but this speaks to the value of curation and distillation—editors Anders Stockman, Matthew Whittington and Robert ågren have put together a collection that one can consume in solitude, by a lake, near a fire, or in a library—this is valuable.
Included in the first issue are Leo Tolstoy's "Three Questions," "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by William Morris, an excerpt of News from Nowhere (or an Epoch of Rest): Being Some Chapters from an Utopian Romance by Saki, and more.
You can get it from the moving book cabinet built by VARV, an autonomous bookshop project dedicated to the distribution of artist's books and critical readers.
If you don't happen to run across it, you can order online via email.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.