“You have to ride a bicycle.” She taps an index finger against the computer monitor. “Says so right here.”
“Haven’t ridden a bike in a long time.”
“You know, they have a saying about riding bicycles...”
My wife is certainly smarter than I am, so I get a special thrill when I get to tease her about moments like the above. Another that I often give her grief about is her fascination with book covers. She has a very strong visceral reaction to book art. I don’t think she’d necessarily ignore the contents of a book based on the jacket, but there are instances where it might get dicey.
To be fair, if someone put Fabio on the cover of A Sport And A Pastime, I’d have likely missed out on one of my favorite reads of the year.
We talked about this the other night and spent some time flipping through a book on jacket design called Front Cover. Our aesthetic sensibilities generally have a good amount of overlap and we found ourselves very much agreeing on the the designs of Alvin Lustig. We also enjoyed Angus Hyland’s designs for Pocket Canons.
What about you? Any book jackets you love/hate? Does it matter? Will it change in the age of the e-book?