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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Looks like an author

Nathalie has a wonderful post about authors' embarrassingly awful "intellectual look" pix on book jackets. She also links to a hilarious piece about the difference between these two images of Jonathan Franzen:

I've always thought this ancient one of John Barth (via Dave Edelman's John Barth Info Center) was totally fabulous. It's from the back of Giles Goat Boy (1966), a novel containing surely the earliest representation of the Internet. Doesn't he look like someone who would be masturbating next to you in a porn theatre? (Are there any porn theatres any more? Not in Boston, since the demise of the fabulous old Pilgrim.)

I hope that's the kind of look I can achieve on my first jacket photo.
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