A new collection of 18 books to be published quarterly over the next five years, Veneer resists easy definitionâ€”it's the kind of thing you really shouldn't think to hard about. When we met the founder, Flint Jamison, in Portland a couple months ago, he described Veneer as a venue for experts to write about their area of expertise. It's a 'for geeks by geeks' kind of thing, almost like a curated print edition of blogs. As Flint writes, "It vaguely reminds me of the internet."
The inaugural issue (launching at a gong-style reading with paintball instead of gongs on next month in Portland) includes filmmaker George Kuchar's hilarious take on "French people," Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly in conversation with Ray Kurzwiel on The Singularity and anti-Mormon activists Sandra and Jerald Tanner discussing a famous trial. Each issue will be printed in a different format and you can either purchase the entire set of 18 or buy them individually here.