What would Orwell be writing about today?
This is lovely:
Contemporary artists, illustrators and designers celebrate Roald Dahl
– the best thing since The Graphic Canon.
Color signatures of novels’ visual content by Jaz Parkinson. More. Looks like it may be possible to order prints, and even make requests!
(I just finished reading The Road and I can’t believe there is even THAT much color.)
You have all made my life. These are my colour signatures, an ongoing collection which are basically graphs of all the visual content in the books. For example when it might say ‘yellow brick road,’ ‘yellow’ gets a tally, or when for example in The Road it says ‘dark ash covered everything’ (not an actual quote), that image evokes dark grey instantly in the mind, so dark grey gets a tally. They are then ordered into a spectrum and drawn up, so the result is a surprise to me until it is done. I was shocked at The Road as well! A lot of the colour is fire, and when they finally find some food the book describes ‘juicy glistening peaches,’ which is so visual after pages and pages of grey.
A2 Prints on gorgeous enhanced matte are available, and I am more than willing to take a request to add to the collection.
Thanks for all your support! Love you guys.
Do not turn the page.
We hear there is a MONSTER at the end of this book.
(And we probably do not want monsters on Tumblr now, do we?)
A Clockwork Orange—the 1962 Anthony Burgess book, not the 1971 Stanley Kubrick movie—turns 50 this year. To celebrate the anniversary of one of the most memorably dystopian works of fiction ever published, W.W. Norton has released A Clockwork Orange: 50th Anniversary Edition ($25). Edited by Andrew Biswell, the director of the International Burgess Foundation, it’s being billed as “the restored text,” as it’s the closest edition of the book ever published to the original manuscript. If you’ve only read the Penguin edition that came out along with the 1971 film adaptation—or if you’ve never read A Clockwork Orange at all—you should check it out, because it’s an amazing read and may well change your life.
The thing most people focus on with A Clockwork Orange is that it’s, well, a really fucked up story. Narrator and protagonist Alex, age 15, is a purely amoral thug, all too willing to rain down his stylized brand of ultra-violence on random citizens before going home to his parents’ flat and listening to “Ludwig Van” in bed. He’s sent to prison for murder, where he becomes involved in a cutting-edge yet draconian program of reform based on aversion therapy. When he gets out, his readjustment to society is rocky, and the young man who was once an aggressor becomes a victim. Also, he and his friends speak in a strange, Russian-influenced language called Nadsat. Look, it’s really too much to explain, you need to read the book. I did, and I also met with Biswell to find out what it was like getting inside Burgess’ head as he made this edition.
The problem with this cover:
Bond doesn’t actually make it inside Fort Knox in the book.
(Taken with Instagram)
Chances are, James Bond is probably better at you than a lot of things: drink, food, exercise, looks, clothes, culture, cars, gambling and women (to just name a few). So instead of drowning yourself in self-pity, indulge in all the secrets and pick up a few things with this book. By the end of it, you may not be able to drive an Aston Martin at 120mph while simultaneously taking down international terrorist with a semi-automatic, but you might be able to take that girl form the bar to the bedroom with your newly acquired, ultra-suave demeanor.