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Wed, June 24th, 2009
Video Thrilled the Literary Stars
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It used to hold that one of the reasons you became a writer was that you were the sort who ducked out of photographs and preferred to communicate through quill-written correspondence. These days, though, these Salingeresque avoidance techniques won’t win you much love from your publisher–and probably won’t push many books, either. So Penguin’s the […]


Wed, June 17th, 2009
Same Covers, Different Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Who doesn’t love dueling book covers? Not me! (That is, I don’t not love them–although I really could have said this more clearly, couldn’t I?) Anywho, Kaite Mediatore Stover, our “She Reads” columnist and Book Group Buzz blogger, brought the following to my attention:                   Still Life, by Joy […]


Thu, June 4th, 2009
Give That Girl a (Book) Jacket
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We all know Stephen King wrote The Body, but this is probably the first time he’s written on a body. The July issue of Esquire features a new story by King, “Morality,” the first few lines of which have been lovingly painted across the bod of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli. The story is about a […]


Thu, May 21st, 2009
So When Does the Bloodsucking Begin?
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The always-worthy Jacket Whys brings to light a potentially ruinous jacket similarity. Just imagine the horrific scenario: Grandma and Grandpa are birthday shopping for young Kayleigh, they stumble into a Borders with a fuzzy mental picture of the book they’re supposed to buy, and they end up bringing home . . . inspiring words of […]


Tue, May 12th, 2009
From Pulp Fiction to Pop Art
Posted by: Keir Graff

Even though I cringe a little bit each time a book goes under the knife, I love book art. And Thomas Allen has made some of the best I’ve seen.


Tue, May 5th, 2009
An Old-School Look for the Books of the Future
Posted by: Keir Graff

Book-cover enthusiasts should stop by The Art of Penguin Science Fiction, where they’ll find an arresting mosaic of Penguin sf book covers; click on a thumbnail image and you’ll be taken to a detail page with a larger image and an interesting note about the cover or the author or, perhaps, the difficulty of defining […]


Fri, April 24th, 2009
Cooking the Books
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you have a few minutes this Friday afternoon, and you like looking at books, you could do a lot worse than browsing the Book Cover Archive: Or if that’s not postmodern enough for you, you could visit kottke.org, where Jason Kottke takes a look at Media Packaging Mashups: This stuff only gets more esoteric. […]


Wed, April 22nd, 2009
Green Alert
Posted by: Donna Seaman

It’s Earth Day, the 39th Earth Day to be exact, and a good day to think about where books come from. The relationship between trees and reading has inspired an intriguing website, Eco-Libris, and a green mission. The Eco-Libris folks encourage us to plant a tree for each and every book we read. This makes reading […]


Mon, April 20th, 2009
Books That Don’t Exist
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Marche has a nice piece on books that don’t exist (“Longing for Great Lost Works“)–not books that have been invented by authors for fictional purposes, but books that have been destroyed or lost forever. A poignant thought: Classical literature, like classical architecture, is a collection of delicious ruins. The […]


Fri, March 13th, 2009
Quickly: Great Bookstore, Villainous Bookmen, and Bad Timing
Posted by: Keir Graff

A few recent news stories that have stuck in my head . . . . At a time when independent bookstores seem like an endangered species–when even the chains that have displaced them are closing branches (see Bill Ott’s Back Page)–it’s comforting to read about an old-fashioned bookshop that is still thriving. In the Guardian, Jeanette Winterson […]





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