Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Article excerpt

TO PINPOINT A COVER THAT LED TO MY CAREER in book design is like looking for my passport when I'm late for the airport. I'd have to search everywhere, frantically. A more honest explanation is that every book I read from the age of fifteen led me here. In truth, I didn't read many books when I was young; I was so uncomfortable with reading that I welcomed any distraction, and the most convenient was, of course, the cover. (Perhaps I believed that if I stared at it long enough, the jacket would reveal the story without me ever having to read it.) Fast forward a little, and I'm studying graphic design at New York's School of Visual Arts. Like a rite of passage, I was introduced to the work of Paul Rand, a master of graphic design. At the time, I couldn't articulate what made his designs so special, though now it's clear, and I can explain it through one example: Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth. The elements on the cover are raw, almost childlike, but possess mature emotion. …

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