Down to the wire: My old friend Jim Schley of Jeffrey Levine's Tupelo Press—Jim is the Production Manager for our fledgling TOP Books project—has been working for several years helping to whelp a splendid new translation into English, by Mariela Griffor, of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's masterpiece, Canto General.
They have reached the Kickstarter goal that will allow the project to come to fruition, but now they have only 10 hours left (as I post this) to reach their "stretch" goal of $35,000—which will allow them to add illustrations to the project. Personally, I really want to see this one done right, which of course includes the visuals! As of right now, they're almost there, with only $2,000 to go. But it's down to the wire! If you like poetry, please contribute a little if you can.
The biggest project ever for the small non-profit Tupelo Press, it will be the first translation of Canto General by a native Spanish speaker, the first translation by a woman, and the first by a native Chilean. Jim says the reward chapbooks are beautiful.
Costică Acsinte: Another worthy cause (photographic this time): Cezar Popescu is trying to rescue the archive of Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte, who left behind some 5,000 glass plate negatives. Not every archive gets to survive, but as you can see from the Flickr page, there's a lot to look at in this one. Cezar's needs are modest, too—check out his campaign on Indigogo. He's well over halfway to his goal already. We can help put him over the top.
Type 55 type: Finally, readers Sylvain G. and Ozren Trupeljak want you to know about an effort to revive Polaroid Type 55 film. Type 55 (I did a project with it on a grant one summer, some of the pictures from which I've posted here on TOP). I have not investigated the effort myself, and I am certain I will never use a Type 55 type film again, but you can investigate Bob Crowley's New55 FILM yourself. Maybe those of you who are eagerly awaiting your Wanderlust Travelwides will be inspired to contribute!
(Thanks to Stan Banos, Sylvain Goffin, and Ozren Trupeljak)
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Ahem: "With the death of Fuji's instant film in 4x5 format (and other sizes?) New55 is the only option. I shoot Polaroids to keep my sanity in the studio; to ensure the lighting is correct, and that my PC port still functions properly. Others shoot Polaroids for the gratification of creating an instant photograph on site. Anyone who ever wants to shoot with this film should back it. If this fails, the project leaders have said they will drop it, as the whole purpose of the KS campaign is to gauge demand for the film. It is reasonably priced, and the project is something which every film photographer can appreciate."