Redesigned Book Covers That Are Actually Better Than the Iconic Versions
1. The burnable Fahrenheit 451, designed by Elizabeth Perez 2. Nineteen-Eighty Four, designed by David Pearson 3. The quotable Catch-22, designed by Ian Caulkett 4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, designed by AJ Hateley, winner of the 2012 Penguin Design Award 5. Of Jillian Tamaki’s embroidered book covers series, Black Beauty 6. Kathryn Macnaughton’s take on East of Eden. Find her designs for Steinbeck’s entire backlist here. 7. Lord of the Flies, designed by Sam Weber.
Literary graffiti is awesome.
Harold Bloom’s 100 geniuses of language and literature, visualizedGenius, in its writings, is our best path for reaching wisdom, which [is] the true use of literature for life.
1. Mark Twain - “He had his leather bound notebooks custom made according to his own design idea. Each page had a tab; once a page had been used, he would tear off its tab, allowing him to easily find the next blank page for his jottings”
2 & 3. Charles Darwin - “The notebooks were filled with memorandum to himself on things to look further into, questions he wanted to answer, scientific speculations, notes on the many books he was currently reading, natural observations, sketches, and lists of the books he had read and wanted to read. But the progression is far from orderly: the entries are chaotically arranged and wide-ranging; they jump from one scientific subject to the next and are interspersed with notes on correspondences and conversations. He would rest the notebook on his desk and write horizontally down the page with a pen, and, like Isaac Newton, he would sometimes start in from both ends of the notebook at once and work towards the middle.
4. Jack Kerouac - The notebook entry reads:
“Ginsberg — intelligent enuf, interested in the outward appearance & pose of great things, intelligent enuf to know where to find them, but once there he acts like Jerry Newman, the photographer anxious to be photographed photographing —— Ginsberg wants to run his hand up the backs of people, for this he gives and seldom takes — He is also a mental screwball
*(Tape recorder anxious to be tape recorded tape recording) (like Seymour Barab anxious to have his name in larger letters than Robert Louis Stevenson, like Steinberg & Verlaine Rimbaud Baudelaire”
5. Ernest Hemingway - The notebook entry reads:
“My name is Ernest Miller Hemingway
I was born on July 21, 1899
My favorite authors are Kipling, O. Henry and Steuart Edward White.
My favorite flower is lady slipper and tiger lily.
My favorite sports are trout fishing, hiking, shooting, football and boxing.
My favorite studies are English, zoology and chemistry.
I intend to travel and write.”
Official On The Road Poster (x)
The only people for me are the mad ones.
That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn’t just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback.
For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France
Be still, my beating heart.