Cut from this blogs Le Roman du Lievre page:
“[Roman du Lievre] is a love story that follows the winding path traveled by all the great loves of a person’s life, which grow to be loved not because of some inherent worthiness, but because of the the events that slowly, over time, sews them-stitch by stitch-into a soul.”
-Mary Lochner, “The Meta Meta Mind of Jimmy Riordan” (Anchorage Press)
Riordan’s romance with Le Roman du Lievre began in 2003, when he first read Romance of the Rabbit, the 1920 translation of Frances Jammes novel. He was drawn to the book by its appearance alone. A small case bound book covered in a light fabric with a sea gull on it, the book sat amongst the large brown and green volumes of a college library. He read it, fell in love, stole the book, and after a series of moves, lost It. Over the next years, he obsessed over the book, all searches for a new copy unsuccessful.
While I have been working on projects related to Le Roman du Lievre for more than 5 years now, it has actually been over a decade since I first encountered the text. My theft of Romance of the Rabbit marks the true beginning of the story.
In 2009 I posted the following apology:
In 2003, soon after he had first come across Romance of the Rabbit -Le Roman Du Lievre’s 1920s English Translation-on the stacks of his college library, James Riordan committed one of the worst of possible crimes. He stole the Seagull Library edition of the book -at that time the book was out of print- from the library. It was the exact copy that had first attracted his attention with its delicate appearance. Less than a year later, during a period of homelessness, Riordan lost the book himself.James Riordan would like to apologize for this act of theft and would also like to promise to one day replace the stolen book.
Now, on this thefts 10 year anniversary, I would like to do one better and gift a copy of the book back to the library. Along with this gift (pictured above) I will contribute a piece of work to the reunions Alumni Art Exhibit that charts that first year, after stealing the book up until its loss.