These are layers of writings from the early 20th Century collected by my grandfather, Usher L. Burdick. He was a North Dakota lawyer, author, rancher and congressman, who lived from 1879 to 1960. These layers have a place in my bookcase among a small stack of books he authored and other literary works that survive from his extensive book collection. He was a scholar of Native Americans and fluent in Sioux, whose library include 12,000 books on the West. Many of his writings and manuscripts are housed at the Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota and at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. I was inspired to photograph this stack when I noticed it reminded me of phyllo dough. I gave it a dry-brush treatment in Photoshop to accentuate the paper strata.