nprfreshair:

"I think there are two primary jobs that a jacket has to do: It has to represent a text and it has to sell it. In a way, a book jacket … is sort of like a title that an author comes up with. It’s one thing that has to speak to a big aggregate thing, which is the book itself. And it has to be compelling in some way such that you’re interested enough to pick it up — and perhaps buy it. … It’s like a billboard or an advertisement or a movie trailer or a teaser. …

I think of a book jacket as being sort of like a visual reminder of the book, but … it’s also a souvenir of the reading experience. Reading takes place in this nebulous kind of realm, and in a way, the jacket is part of the thing that you bring back from that experience. It’s the thing that you hold on to.”

- Peter Mendelsund, book jacket designer 

The Jacket Designer’s Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover

nearlya:

Cy Twombly 

Nine Discourses on Commodus, 1963

Oil, crayon and pencil on canvas 

kotakucom:

Ahmed Angel, the internet’s most wonderful narcissist. These pics were taken from his Facebook page (he uploaded them himself) and they range from cringeworthy to hilarious. More here.