Seen & Heard
The New York Times has profiled Godine with a nod to his time at Dartmouth:
Godine, who speaks quickly, with traces of a Boston accent, can get carried away when the subject is books, and talks about printers the way other people talk about movie stars. He also loves to mention typefaces—Bembo, Baskerville, Garamond, Caslon and Janson come up a lot—and the names of beautiful papers: Amalfi, Fabriano, Nideggen.
“It’s an obsession,” he said, and explained that it began back when he was in college, at Dartmouth in the ’60s, and took a course with a professor named Ray Nash, who taught graphic arts and the history of printing. That was also when he fell in love with letterpress—the old-fashioned art of pressing paper so firmly down on inked metal type that the letters leave little dents.
Godine recently published his last book, “Godine at Fifty: A Retrospective of Five Decades in the Life of an Independent Publisher.”