— Purity

I think that I rather like the cover for Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel ‘Purity’.

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— Kafka Covers

In latest Creative Characters newsletter from MyFonts, designer Julia Sysmäläinen talks about designing FF Mister K, the typeface based on Franz Kafka’s handwriting used by Peter Mendelsund for his redesign of Schocken’s Kafka covers:


Originality, authenticity, and honesty are crucial qualities to me. I think Mr. K has all of that, just like Franz Kafka’s manuscripts do. While I was working on it, I realized that while Mister K is a font, it is also the visualization of a personality. The font is not pretty, or beautiful in the classic sense — and it doesn’t want to be.  

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— Calvino

New Italo Calvino covers by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday.


It’s kinda interesting – though I don’t really know why – to see all four covers superimposed atop each other.

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— Joyland

Collecting books is worryingly addictive – to be honest, collecting generally (a malady I really do suffer from) is worryingly addictive.


I am taking some delight in having managed to track down one of the Limited Edition slipcased versions of Stephen King’s short and rather sweet crime novel for Hard Case Crime, Joyland.


I have been lucky enough to end up with no. 560 of an edition of just 724 copies.


The cover for just this Limited Edition is by the legendary pulp-fiction book cover artist Robert McGinnis.