Glasgow Cool of Art – 13 books of fire at the Mackintosh Library by Johnny Rodger
An in-depth study, a joke, a personal testament, a tale of epic – and biblical – proportion. Glasgow cool of Art is all of these and much, much more: Invoking the standpoint of the child, the employee, the citizen, the expert, the victim and the fan to feel the full human effect of the cataclysm which destroyed Mackintosh’s masterwork. In this poignant, delicate lament, laced with poetic and intellectual delight, Johnny Rodger’s personal destiny is intricately tied with that of the fate of one room – the Library, where only 13 books survived the raging flames – lucky for them?
By Johnny Rodger
Published by the Drouth
Lorna Miller –
Everyone has to read this! It’s riveting, heartfelt, informative, exclusive, fascinating. It made me think about structures in architecture and life in new and expanded ways. It handles the difficult, sensitive subject of the Mac fires and destruction of the library TWICE, with such delicate precision and with the same careful sensitivity that the charred, remaining 13 books would have been so gently removed and preserved from the scene of devastation. It made me cry – I lived the best four years of my life in the Mac – and it also gave me a new appreciation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh: the risk-taking, cheeky maverick he was. ‘Glasgow Cool of Art’ made me aware that the process and the experience of creativity, the many relationships that knit together communities over centuries are what buildings and institutions are created for. We prevail. Only Johnny Rodger could write this book.