by Elizabeth Shim
"This is a special format book of a series of articles about class in America that ran in New York Times. The book was designed to address the issues around class, and to offer a critical perspective on the nature of the articles. Physically, the binding never lets a spread fall into a comfortable position, much like the subject itself. The subheads of the article are printed on the inside of the French folds and run through the chapters, as reminders of yet another dimension. The layout is designed to twist the conventional hierarchy of a book page to reveal the stages of information and commentary around the articles. The quotes from the interviewees (most of these articles were written around interviews) were separated from the running text and put forward in the body area as the first source of information, the raw commentary on the issue of class. These quotes reveal the essence of the articles. The rest of the article, which is essentially commentary from the writer, runs in the secondary area of the page–the footnotes. The third area, marginalia, contains the commentary from the readers, posted on the online forum."