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Or Andrew Kaufman's Selected Business Correspondence, a collection of short stories inspired by vintage business correspondence. "I buy antique letters and letterhead off eBay," Kaufman says of the project. "They're fascinating because letterhead doesn't exist anymore -back in the 1940s and 1950s your corporate image was that top two inches of letterhead so you had very elaborate ones, engravings, really interesting visual design."
The stories were not originally intended for publication: Their genesis, aside from the historical fetish value, was merely as a writing exercise -a morning warm-up, Kaufman explains. "I'm in a little bit of a situation where I'm having my cake and eating it, too," Kaufman says. "God bless Random House. They've done great things for me, but they'd never touch a project like this. And aptly so; their economic model is to sell a lot of copies." The Book Bakery's appeal? "There's something so beautiful about wanting to make a book in a really hands-on scale," he says.