To celebrate Penguin’s 75th anniversary, Douglas Coupland designs some funny imaginary books for a “speaking to the past” series. . . . Penguin also redesigns some of its vintage books by decade. Here’s the 1960s, with links to the others on the same page. . . . Tom Nissley asks for help remembering the books that took up entire issues of The New Yorker, a la John Hersey’s Hiroshima. And he asks David Remnick why it never really happens anymore. . . . Forbes profiles the great New York Review of Books imprint. One reader calls being a fan of the series, “almost like a fraternity or sorority for folks who hate the idea of fraternities.” . . . Five Chapters is running a lengthy five-part excerpt of Julie Orringer’s forthcoming novel, The Invisible Bridge. . . . A rare book dealer in Las Vegas seeks an employee. It’s not impossible for me to imagine being in a frame of mind in which I would vigorously apply for that job. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible. . . . Passive-aggressive — and just aggressive — library signs.
Thursday April 22nd, 2010