Tom Christensen


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Right-reading (adj):
Having the proper orientation
(used in printing)

Rightreading is the website of Thomas Christensen. I don't much care for author websites that are relentlessly self-promoting. Instead, Rightreading deals more generally, and I hope more helpfully, with all sorts of issues in print and electronic publishing. Topics include writing, editing, translation, literature, graphic design (including Photoshop and Illustrator techniques), photography, typography, webwork, and more. The latest posts, representing my most recent interests and activities, are usually on this site's companion blog.

The noble eightfold path: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.


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Writing & Publishing

Here you will find advice on writing, commentary on print and electronic publishing, excerpts and behind-the-scenes information on my own work, appreciations and critiques of the writing of others, and much more. For starters:

Publishing | How to get a book published
1616: The World in Motion
River of Ink: Literature, History, Art

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Jost Amman print
Nine of Books, a playing card by Jost Amman, 1588.

Art & Design

Drawing on decades of experience in publishing, I share tips on creating visually striking work and communicating effective messages. For starters:

Graphic Design, Book Design
The Typehead Chronicles
50 books designed

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Cover photo and design T. Christensen.

Thomas Christensen

Who is this guy anyway? Will he answer e-mails?

Here's a bio
Also a wikipedia page
Yes, I will answer, though maybe not promply

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TC in Oaktown

Oaktown rooftop, 2012. Photo by Ellen Christensen.

TC at Library of Congress

Reading at the Library of Congress, 2013. Photo by Carol Christensen.


This site has been around in one form or another since the early days of the web, and it retains many secret byways. Here are a few places to start exploring:

Tom's Book of Days
The Sleep of Reason
Grab Bag
Famous Last Words. Deathbed bon mots and strangled prose.
An old home page. Some good links for laughing at early web design.
Go to a random page. Who knows what you might turn up?

The most recent stuff (blog). Recommended.
Current website policies

And don't forget my sister sites:
Frisco Vista: The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California
Buried Mirror:Mesoamerica and the Maya World
7 Junipers: Asian Art and Culture
Museum of Folly: Stuff and Nonsense

old home page
An old (but mostly still functional: click through) home page.