Books as Objects

March 25, 2015

The Weight of Knowledge: On Moving Books 3

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It would be trickier to decide whom to put in the adult diaper boxes.

March 24, 2015

Praise the Colophon: Twenty Notes on Type 1

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I call for the return of colophons. Colophons can send us back into books for another level of reading. If we love books, that second reading might be ecstatic in the same way good writing can lift us.

March 23, 2015

Ink on Paper: On the Beauty of Typewritten Book Covers 3

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The reason these typewritten book covers have caught my eye and captured my heart is because they’ve so ingeniously captured the essence of the writing process — and the central truth that no piece of writing is ever truly finished.

February 12, 2015

Calendars, Timelines, and Collages: Mapping the Imaginary 5

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I got curious about the other visual aids that novelists create to manage their books, so I asked around and gathered a variety of notebook pages, diagrams, and timelines.

February 10, 2015

Merging Two Loves: Cover Art Reimagined 3

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In an effort to merge two loves of mine — writing and photography — I recently began this photo series that pairs snippets of novels with fun visuals that expand upon their cover art.

February 6, 2015

Judging Books by Their Covers 2015: US Vs. Netherlands 11

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I was recently looking at the covers of Dutch-language books. Despite our different cultures, we share many overlaps in our literary taste. I hoped that I could draw some conclusions about those tastes by comparing book covers. After spending way too much time on the task, I conclude that I can’t.

January 12, 2015

Judging Books by Their Covers 2015: US Vs. UK 15

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We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.

September 4, 2014

Art Inspires Fiction: On the Power of Jacket Design 6

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I loved this photograph in all its weirdness and, more to the point, I was just relieved that no one was proposing slapping on my novel the image of a woman holding a briefcase, a baby, or a mop.

January 27, 2014

Judging Books by Their Covers 2014: U.S. Vs. U.K. 17

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We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.

April 2, 2013

The Point of the Paperback 16

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Here’s what I learned, after a month of talking to editors, literary agents, publishers, and other authors: A paperback isn’t just a cheaper version of the book anymore. It’s a makeover. A facelift. And for some, a second shot.