Friday May 8th, 2009

In the Ether

Speaking of Denis Johnson, the Book Design Review points out that his new novel has a couple of hidden treats. . . . UK blogger (and book publisher) Scott Pack has been reviewing a series of short books called the Great Little Reads series — “dinky paperbacks designed to be read in just one or two sittings.” He makes this one sound pretty good. . . . Here’s a real wormhole for design fans: A large gallery of Penguin’s classic science fiction designs. But that’s not all. There’s also a series of 16 essays about them, including a feature that allows you to see how a book’s design changed over the course of several editions. . . . Malcolm Pryce lists his 10 best expatriate books; part of the Guardian’s Top 10s series, which is worth a dig through the archives.