this made me ponder the somewhat frivolous question of book covers + their impact on a reader. what if the books i read in college had had fabulous covers? would i have read them more thoroughly? (i think this thought process might be a result of crossing an artist with a bibliophile.) let's have an example:
i read the austere-looking white noise on the left, as opposed to the artistically rendered one on the right. i believe that a book's cover communicates something about its contents to the reader, so maybe my idea of the novel would have been different if we'd read the same book with a different cover. h o w e v e r, if i were to hear a college freshman argue that a cover changes one's reading experience, i would totally roll my eyes and think to myself that the cover design is beside the point—because white noise is a masterpiece, no matter what it looks like. en fin, i don't believe that a book's cover will influence one's opinion of the contents... and yet, i cannot deny my love for beautiful book covers that say something to me.
anyway, speaking of beautiful book covers that say things—
i've talked about peter mendelsund before. i love his simple, geometric and often spare designs. before, we talked kafka. (those still haven't released, but i am kind of counting the days until they do.) today, let's talk about dostoevsky, whose book notes from underground was one that i read in college, but very poorly, and therefore remains on my to-read list. ahem.
what crazy person wouldn't want to read these!? i'm just saying.
but listen: i stand by what i said before: it really is the work itself that matters. i love both art + literature dearly, but i never avoided reading something because it wasn't pretty enough. (seriously. perish the thought. and let's be honest, i skimmed some of the classics in college because i was a lazy, unenlightened 19-year-old.) (also, let's talk about how many ART books have ugly covers....)
the fact is simply this: when a good book has an equally good cover, it positively gleams with an irresistible quality! and that is that.
in conclusion, i hope you all have a wonderful tuesday!
h a s t a p r o n t o!