Where good taste, clear and distinct ideas, and graceful modulations tend to be viewed with lowering suspicion.
posted by Tom Matrullo at Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Which do you like better?
The US version is too pinched for me, and looks like they gave it to a layout newb.
yes, the US one looks like it took a page - literally - from the NYRB or something. And, no whorehouses, no "class combat," no "dying regime," no most evil man. killjoys.
They've also, upon review, put Dick "Dick" Cheney in the Happy Tutor's dumpster. The grasping of the man knows no boundaries.Juke Moran gave me the courage to say when things look like deliberate efforts to belittle or make less attractive, on their face, that may very well have been the intent. The US cover says, "I'm dull".
Yes. I would suggest if questioned further, it would say it is striving to say, "I'm respectably dull, and so are you."
The USA one reminds me of the studio-modified jacket for The Electric Spanking of War Babies. (The original. Speaking of the Tutor.)
Ray, a paper I used to work for would, every few years, put itself through months of agonizing makeover artistry. Bold strokes were rumored that were going to have a revolutionary effect on layout, design, reader experience, the total "gestalt" heh of the Product. When parturition was complete, the Redesign invariably had all the radicality of Dick Minim's rug.
the UK one looks more "real" ... but they still have more than a few people who read over there ...
Now, I know mr. scruggs will call me oldfashioned, but why not build on real madhouse pics? For instance, this famous pic of Goya's (badly, badly reproduced): www.wga.hu/art/ g/goya/7/711goya.jpg Among other things, the first picture in the canon to show a man jerking off, but you can's see it due to the gross way the delicate shadows are digitalized. Anyway, madhouse. The white house as the madhouse doesn't work as a metaphor if we see it, right away, as a metaphor and ignore what the metaphor is of...Uh, did I just write that sentence? Yes I did, and I'm proud of what it says, even though even I don't know exactly what it means. In any case, what the world/needs now/is Goya and more Goya.
roger, yes, goya, whose "voice" could transform US media in a heartbeat. that wga thing has changed its database or something - old links just reset to the home page. I like this too.
I'm even more old fashioned, Roger, as my taste undoubtedly reveals.
I know which art department I would hire for Wealth Bondage, the Book. Timid satire is an embarassment. Only when it goes way too far is it funny, and only when funny can it be excused. I think the lower cover might be safer, actually, because it draws a smile. The top one seems guilty as charged.
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