I will say that the beauty of a small press is that you can take small risks, and ideally use any limitations as assets. One of the things that I love about the stories of Black Mountain College is that they had little in terms of resources but nevertheless had a tremendous cultural impact. Of course it’s easier to think like that now that we have a degree of stability, but especially in the beginning we had little to no overhead. Which is a good thing, because it took about four years before the first two books we’d published paid for themselves. Since then the press mostly maintains itself, but definitely I would say it’s a lucky thing to break even on a project and any earned income goes into future publishing projects.
When I was asked to come up with a topic for this Sunday’s “Entropy List” I first tried not to default to my favorite topic, visual art. Inspired by “Not…