Review: Tactile by Luke Wilson

Gandini Press just published Tactile, a book written by the late Luke Wilson. I’ve read it, and you might already have too.

The book is a collection of essays, blogs and rants, most of which have been published in Kaskade Magazine, on CircusGeeks, or here on eJuggle, where you can still find them today. Though I had read most essays online before, I am very grateful to have a tangible copy of Tactile. It’s beautifully made, with some ipad padiddling illustrations done by Luke, and the layout done by Pola Brändle.

Luke talks about a range of topics which were important to him. For example: on juggling style, stage character, or the properties of objects. And he describes some of his own experiences in teaching, performing, and in life. All of the essays are short and concise, easy to follow, and more often than not give me something to think and talk about.

It’s very clear through his writing that Luke thought a lot about his work and field, and his observations often resonate with me in a way no other text on juggling does.

Luke worked on Tactile during the very last days of his life, I am very happy that the project got finalized and printed. Whether you’ve known Luke or you haven’t, you’ve read his work or you have not, this book is a must have addition to anyone’s collection. I’m sure you’ll find that browsing through Luke’s ramblings is an enlightening experience.

My only complaint is that this book is too short, I wish there had been more. Thank you Luke!

You can order Tactile from Gandini Press.

Daniel Simu

I am a juggler and circus performer from the Netherlands. I travel all over Europe to learn, create, discuss, perform and organise, and I am always looking for fun projects to join! Feel free to contact me about anything :)

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