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As far as I see it, I failed out of art school. I spent three years of a four-year program designed to churn out top-notch, fast- producing designers for the professional art world. I wasn’t bad, but I was a little slow, and probably procrastinated, but also took time with my work. My grades suffered, and I switched to English at the last minute in order to graduate on time.

Fast forward five years, as I am finishing up my graduate coursework in creative writing. I am slaving away long into the night, not on a word processor, but behind the crank of a Vandercook 219 at the San Francisco Center for the Book, printing various components for ...

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