Wanna feel old?? The return of Surge is but one harbinger of ’90s Nostalgia Ragnarok. When Ecto-Cooler juice boxes are ritualistically poured onto the POG-shaped seals like goat’s blood, the Biker Mice from Mars and the Street Sharks will be unleashed upon the world like anthropomorphic horsemen of the apocalypse, and it will truly be too late for the human race. “I’m Blue” by Eiffel 65 will be our song of lamentation, and naive discussions of the scariest Are You Afraid of the Dark? monsters will pale in comparison to the horrors walking the earth
Well, after I’ve been to university, I’m going to be French, and I’m going to Paris, and I’m going to smoke and listen to Jacques Brel, and I won’t speak, ever. C’est plus chic comme ça.
Marked passage, from the verse play This Music Crept by Me Upon the Waters by Archibald MacLeish, page 14 (Harvard University Press, 1953)
Mornings: you groggily emerge from your bleary-eyed state, fumbling for the snooze button while steering well clear of that drool patch on the pillow. Then after downing your first coffee of the day, you proceed to type the final chapter to one of the best-selling novels ever written. Okay, so perhaps you play Angry Birds instead. But whatever your reason for not penning a masterpiece, you can be sure that your own daily habits don’t stray too far from those used by famous authors - past and present - to trigger their creative spark. For new book Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, And Get To Work, New York-based author Mason Curry has listed 161 famous names and the 161 very different ways they approached their work. You might even be surprised by a few. So take a look at the 10 literary examples we’ve exclusively taken from the new book, below, and marvel at how some of your finest books were forged… Daily Rituals is published by Picador and out on 11th September; RRP £8.99
Edward Gorey’s covers for Doubleday Anchor Paperbacks
In April 1953, Anchor opened up a new market for paperbacks: the “serious” or academic book. They were the brainchild of twenty-five year old Jason Epstein who convinced Doubleday of the market need for such books in paper editions particularly suited for college use. Epstein’s research so impressed the Doubleday executives that they created such a line and made him editor. The format was the same as the taller mass market size (Signet, Ballantine, etc.), but higher in price: 65¢ to $1.45. Anchor was well received from the start, reaching a mass audience through trade book outlets, campus bookstores and some drugstores. And they had Edward Gorey in charge of the covers.
As art editor, Gorey was responsible for the total cover package, supplying the lettering, typography and design layouts. Often other artist contributed the actual illustration: Leonard Baskin, Milton Glaser, Philippe Julian and even Andy Warhol; but Gorey then designed the finished product lending a uniform appearance to the whole line.
Gorey worked in this capacity from 1953 until 1960, a period which roughly corresponds with Anchor’s first two hundred titles. About a fourth of these have line drawn covers by Gorey. He also designed various covers for Vintage, Capricorn, Compass and other publications that followed Anchor’s lead.
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— Chuck Klosterman, from ”Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story” (Scribner, 2006)
— Vladimir Nabokov (via elucipher)
- “Pockets are a must, for storing your necessaries. Knife, money, tobacco, frogs, string, marbles, bullets. Read your Twain for suggested pocket wares.”
- “We’re all—especially those of us who are educated and have read a lot and have watched TV critically—in a very self-conscious and sort of worldly and...”
- “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships...”