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Brett Rutherford's Bibliography


Technology-Related Publications

As a journalist, Brett Rutherford has covered more than three decades of changes in publishing, printing and the graphic arts. The era of Gutenberg is ending, and within a matter of years, ink-on-paper will no longer be the dominant method of communications. Much of his writing for the trade journals has documented this remarkable transition. The sad part is that the vast, complex industry, full of craftsmanship and tradition, that he found on arriving in New York City, is virtually gone now. The artists and designers have all the fun, and the printers just put dots on paper.

"“Adobe's new play for paperless books presents a challenge for print diehards.” Printing News and Printing News On-Line , January 29, 2001. 5 pp.

“Aladdin's ‘Magic Genie' grants customers' wish for more versatile gluing and scoring. Printing News, January 2000, 3 pp. plus photographs by BR.

“Allowing for fuel stops on the technology train [Deciding when to buy and install software upgrades for your PC].” Printing News, June 1, 1992, 2 pp.

“As the portable Rocket eBook debuts, future of printed texts remains secure.” Printing News , Nov. 9, 1998. 3 pp.

“Books versus digital media: whatever we do, it crumbles, fades, warps or vanishes.” Printing News, August 23, 1999. 2 pp.

“Boston's Spire Printing soars to success with the first U.S. installation of NexPress.” Printing News , July 20, 2001.

“Can well-lighted workplace conserve energy in comfort? [Management options for plant lighting.]” Printing News,  March 18, 1991. 2 pp.

“Coming web press emission guidelines pose threat to larger printers.” Printing Manager, October 1980.

“Competitive potential of computer graphics.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, August 1986. 6 pp.

“Complying with OSHA's noise rules.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, June 1982.

“Computerized sales manager.” Managing Print Sales, two-part series, April-May 1985. 8 pp.

“Computers as front end systems: special report.” Typographers International Association, 1984.

“Even experienced PC users may need a primer of basics [The need to know about your PC's operating system.]” Printing News, April 1, 1991. 2 pp.

“Frank Romano assures BFA bindery to play a pivotal role in digital printing's future.” Printing News, May 22, 2000. 3 pp.

“Graphic arts dealers assay e-commerce; printers are buying.” An overview of the use of the Internet by graphic arts dealers to sell products and services to printers. Printing News, June 26, 2000. 3 pp.

Gravure: Process and Technology. BR wrote five chapters and edited all the text for this college graphic arts textbook. BR also designed and typeset this hard cover book using desktop publishing. Gravure Association of America, 1991. 462 pp.

“Gravure conferees say the method is on verge of breakthroughs.” Printing News , April 16, 1988. Same material also adapted and reprinted in Gravure Magazine.

The Gravure Doctor Blade. A technical manual edited and designed by BR for Gravure Technical Association, 1983. 30 pp including glossary of terms.

The Gravure Image Carrier. A technical manual edited and designed by BR for the Gravure Technical Association, 1985.

Gravure Publication Paper. A technical manual edited and designed by BR for the Gravure Technical Association , 1984. 52 pages.

“High-tech copy tech.” Instant Printer, November 1990, 3 pp.

“How developments in reproduction technology are affecting markets.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, December 1983.  11 pp.

“How to cut lighting and cooling costs.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, March 1983. 8 pp.

“How to cut your heating costs this winter.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, November 1982. 10 pp.

“Humidification can help beat those pressroom winter woes.” Printing News, November 19, 1990. 2 pp.

“Indoor air pollution is high on management's winter list.” Printing News, December 2, 1991. 2 pp.

“In-house color: tools are within reach.” Printing News, April 2, 1990. 3 pp.

“Look Ma, no ink! The new wave of copier/duplicators arrives.” Vectors, February 1984.

“Machines that talk back: voice technology.” Vectors, May 1984.

“Microprocessors in production equipment.” Three-part series, Vectors, November 1982-February 1983. 12 pp.

“New display screens brighten equipment future.” Vectors, June 1983.

“New talking terminal that proofreads.” Printing News, October 27, 1984.

“No matter what you publish or print ...copiers are gaining on you!” Vectors, January 1984.

“On-demand hardcover books? No way, you say. Au contraire, says innovator Acme Bookbinding.” Printing News and Printing News On-Line , April 9, 2001. Feature article with plant photos by BR.

“Panelists tell Women in Production: Computer-to-plate is not going away.” Printing News , October 30, 2000. 5 pp.

“Print on demand gets a new face as cluster printing gains momentum,” Printing News , Oct 12, 1998.

“Print Unchained reveals complex origins of digital printing juggernaut.” Book review. Printing News , December 10, 2001. 2 pp.

“Print Wars: the perils and opportunities of new technology.” Printing Manager, January 1981.

“Printers in the market for profit should mind their digital assets.” A primer on digital asset management. Printing News , August 24, 1998. 4 pp.

“Quick printers are working to put color within reach.” Printing News , October 7, 1991. 2 pp.

“Robots are coming! The robots are coming!” Vectors, September 1983. 4 pp.

“Robots get better and better...and cheaper and cheaper.” Vectors, November 1983.

“Robots in printing industry: who wants or needs them?” Printing News, February 18, 1991. 2 pp.

“Talking computers and tiny presses: report from GRAPH EXPO.” Vectors, November 1984.

“Technical sessions at gravure parley focus on water-based inks and GCR.” Printing News, May 20, 1989. 4 pp.

“Technology equals cost competitiveness, say speakers at GAA Gravure Week.” Printing News, April 9, 1988.

“Telecommunications primer for printers.” Two-part series, Vectors, December 1984-January 1985.

“Time management is the next frontier in productivity.” Printing News, November 18, 1989. 2 pp.

“Videotex: what it means to anxious printers.” American Printer, August 1984. An in-depth review of the state of the art in videotext information systems. This article was actually prophetic about what effects the Internet would later have on the printing industry.

“Vision and VDT problems.” Printing News, October 13, 1984.

“Vision problems and VDTs: some facts and recommendations.” Vectors, August 1984.

“What is role of computer graphics?” Printing News, October 11 1986.

What the Printer Needs to Know About Microprocessors. National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1984. A monograph explaining the basics of microprocessors and how they are being built into printing production equipment.

“What Videotext will do to printers.” Two-part series, Vectors, April-May 1983. 8 pp. It came to be the Internet, but it was called "Videotext" then!

Three Books

First up is the huge 208-page new collection of Brett Rutherford's The Gods As They Are, On Their Planets. This is available as a free PDF on this site, or can be ordered from Our ON-LINE BOOKSTORE. The Providence-based poet has included in this book all the poems he has written and revised since his last big collection, Poems from Providence. CLICK HERE TO READ THE PDF

The second new book is the expanded third edition of Brett Rutherford's landmark poetry collection, Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poetry. This extraordinary 272-page paperback contains all the poet's supernatural poems, including more than 70 pages of new poems since 1998. Praised by Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury, these poems may be the best supernatural poems of the 20th century. Now you can read the entire PDF free on this site, or order the print edition from our ON-LINE BOOKSTORE. To READ THE PDF, CLICK HERE.

The third new book is the expanded second edition of Brett Rutherford's biographical play, Night Gaunts: An Entertainment Based on the Life and Writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The book also includes a number of "ceremonial" poems written to be read at H.P. Lovecraft's grave in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. The play has been performed twice at The Providence Athenaeum, and was recently adapted as a radio play by New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass. You can order the print edition from our ON-LINE BOOKSTORE. To read the PDF, CLICK HERE

The Death of Jocasta The Writer's Circle of Providence selected Brett Rutherford's dramatic scene, "The Death of Jocasta," for a staged reading in April 2004. This reading was at Alumni Hall at Brown University, with a cast of professional actresses and students. The scene, in blank verse in ancient Greek style, is written to be inserted in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In the Sophocles original, Queen Jocasta does the "proper" thing by committing suicide offstage when she learns that she has been married to her own son for twenty years. Rutherford's drama is a feminist exploration of Queen Jocasta's dilemma. In this version, she does not commit suicide: she is put on trial and condemned by the women of Thebes, and offers up a spirited self-defense. This small play had a tremendous impact on its audience, many of whom mistook it for a translation.

Printing History & Literature Lecturer Brett Rutherford has written articles and book reviews on printing history and is a book collector. He has given lectures for the John Russell Bartlett Society at The Providence Athenaeum, Brown University, and The Providence Public Library on "Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters," "Poe and Mrs. Whitman," and "Illustrated Editions of Edgar Allan Poe." At the Athenaeum, he has lectured on Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Helen Whitman, and has read his supernatural poems there in a series of annual Halloween readings.
Rutherford has been a guest lecturer at New England Institute of Art (AI) in Brookline, Mass, where he has presented on H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

Classical Music Connections An avid collector of classical music and an occasional composer of keyboard music, Brett Rutherford has helped The Providence Athenaeum establish Rhode Island's best and most accessible circulating library of classical CDs. He has donated his entire collection of 4,000 CDs, ranging from Chinese opera to 20th century music, to be the foundation of the new circulating collection. This collection also has a strong emphasis on American music.

Brett Rutherford also writes program notes for the invitational chamber music concerts given by pianist Varda Lev, and for the concert series of The Rhode Island Chamber Music Society.

The H.P. Lovecraft Friends Group To foster local and international interest in H.P. Lovecraft and his Providence connections, Brett Rutherford established an informal H.P. Lovecraft Friends Group. This group meets sporadically for luncheons and field trips to graveyards, Lovecraft haunts, and other locales of spectral or literary interest. Rutherford usually runs these meetings and includes informal lectures on such topics as the origin of Gorgons, sea monsters, classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, Goethe's Faust, Lizzie Borden, and Poe- and Lovecraft-related topics. Sixteen issues of a tabloid-sized newsletter, titled The Cthulhu Prayer Society Newsletter, have been produced in print and on-line. Rutherford also runs a Yahoo discussion group called "Lovecraft In Providence," which encourages worldwide dissemination of these materials. Some people take delight in these things, although one librarian looked at the newsletter and snapped, "You people are nuts!"

Night Gaunts Brett Rutherford's play, Night Gaunts, was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the death of America's greatest horror writer, who spent almost his entire life in Providence. Two staged readings in 1987 and 1990 featured actor Carl Johnson as H.P. Lovecraft and played to sold-out houses. The script was published by The Poet's Press in 1988, and in a new, revised edition in 2005. The play includes two vivid female characters — Lovecraft's mother, who gets a great mad scene, and Lovecraft's New York wife, Sonia Greene, who enacts a kind of "Horror Honeymooners" with the romantically inept author. This play was adapted by Hal Hamilton into a radio drama, broadcast in Boston in October 2004. The German theatre company Expressis Verbis produced the play in Heidelberg in 2006.

Never Far From A Library Libraries are central to Brett Rutherford's existence. He grew up in places where they were minimal if not nonexistent. In recent years, he has donated almost all of his personal collections to libraries where they will be preserved and made accessible to the public. He gave more than 350 specimens of printing by the Roycrofters to The Providence Athenaeum, as well as his collection of 5,000 classical CDs. He has donated a collection of wood engravings by artist John DePol to the Providence Public Library's Daniel Berkeley Updike Collection, along with a number of books on printing history. Complete sets of the editions published by The Poet's Press have been donated to the Harris Collection at the John Hay Library at Brown University, and to Poets House in New York City. Rutherford chairs the Philbrick Poetry Prize Committee for the Providence Athenaeum.

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