Half Letter Press is a publishing imprint and an experimental online store initiated by Temporary Services. Temporary Services is a group of three people (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer). We have published booklets as an element of our collaborative work since 1998. We created Half Letter Press to publish and distribute book and booklet length works by ourselves and others. We are interested in using this endeavor to build long-term support and expanded audiences for people that work creatively in experimental ways. We are particularly interested in supporting people and projects that have had difficulty finding financial and promotional assistance through mainstream commercial channels.
Correspondence and distribution inquiries can be sent to:
Half Letter Press
P.O. Box 12588
Chicago, IL 60612
Deep Routes: The Midwest In All Directions is a 2012 collection from the Compass Collaborators. The contributors come from many different directions but all are infused with the idea of the Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor - not something divided by physical boundaries but more of a diaspora of associations and concepts that travels globally. Check out the description on our page for the astonishing list of contributors. $16.50 + shipping and in stock!
In the running for the longest one-word title of a publication we carry, YHTEISKUNTAVASTUPOLITIIKKA is a great introduction to the publishing style of our Finnish friends, IC-98. Go to the Half Letter page linked below to read more about this great little publication and how IC-98 works.
The Finnish group IC-98 makes beautiful publications on a regular basis. Escape From Tokyo was created during a residency that the group participated in, in Tokyo in 2008.
"Where would you escape to (from Tokyo)?" was asked of a variety of people, and the results include conceptual proposals of different ways of living (outside of capitalism) as well as ideas of escape beyond leaving town. A beautiful 60-page softcover book.