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Books, Design and Culture

April 28, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Defending the Unusual — Designer Allison Saltzman, art director at Ecco,  interviewed at Caustic Cover Critic: Everywhere else I’ve worked, the books’ content still informs the cover design, but the overall aesthetic is subject to the publisher’s (and their art … Continue reading

April 1, 2011
by Dan
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Henning Mankell: The Last Wallander?

The Swedish author Henning Mankell talks to NPR New’s Morning Edition about the 11th and possibly last Wallander novel The Troubled Man: “Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned. In the times where everyone is talking about how everything is a process, … Continue reading

May 22, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

A fittingly Alvin Lustig-like cover for New Directions by Rodrigo Corral, seen at Book Covers Anonymous. An Open Book-Publishing Platform — Book Oven’s Hugh McGuire on WordPress as a book publishing platform. It’s an intriguing idea even if don’t accept … Continue reading

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