We probably all know it: We find a book in a book shop (or on amazon rather…) and like its content but dislike its book cover. This should not affect our buying behaviour because it is the content we want to buy it for, right? But it does!!!! A book is for life and we buy it for its haptic appearance so can the book cover please be aesthetically pleasing? And maybe your first world goal is to one day own a glass table to then place all your beautiful books intentionally unintentional underneath the piece of glass. If not, good for you, but I believe you still would rather read a book you like the cover of. I, as a very picky visual person have bought books only for their covers and have not been disappointed by their contents. So a beautiful book cover has a huge effect on our buying behaviour and in this case tit should be: “Judge a book by its cover.” An example for a beautiful book cover is the one of the novel “Crudo” (Italian for “raw”) which was shot by Wolfgang Tillmans :::::
When Olivia Laing saw the photograph “astro crusto, a” shot by the artist Wolfgang Tillmans, also known for his Anti-Brexit campaign posters, at the Tate in 2017, she knew exactly she wanted it for the cover of her novel set in tuscany and “Brexit-paralyzed UK”. “CRUDO” was published on 28 June 2018 and is maybe the first of many books that have art as their cover.
Olivia Laing about having chosen “astro crusto, a” by Wolfgang Tillmans for her book cover ::::
“At first glance, it looked like an abstract colourscape, composed of pearly white, Barbie pink and livid orange. On closer inspection, I realised I was looking at a smashed crustacean (a crab? a lobster?), the remnants of somebody’s luxurious, lingering lunch. Just off centre, a fat black fly picks over the last gleaming hunks of meat.
It’s a fantastic photograph: at once disgusting and voluptuous, stomach-churningly gorgeous. More than one person has told me it reminds them of a Renaissance painting. The combination of rot and abundance, and especially the fly on food is a classic memento mori composition, a reminder of the transience of all things of the flesh, no matter how lovely.
True, it’s not actually raw, but it does tie in with a key scene in Crudo, in which the lead character, Kathy, smashes a crab open with a hammer. “She wanted to be cracked open, that was the thing, only on her own terms and within preordained limits.” “
And tbh which of these two copies would you rather buy :::::
Being so inspired by this lush book cover, doobiesundboobies will try to make their own book covers for books that exist but have shit book covers.
First up is this gem :::::
“Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney
Right now this looks way too much like a factual “How-to” book on “How to have conversations with your friends” and not as fun as its way too relatable content really is. Whereas in the case of “Crudo” its cover was there before the novel, we now want to design book covers for books that already exist but fail to beguile with their looks alone. Similar to how the character Gus in Judd Apatow’s netflix series “Love” writes theme songs with his friends for films that don’t have any.
S t a y t u n e d! xxx
r3ad mor3 on Olivia Laing’s book cover choice for “Crudo” h3r3 :::::