Tag Archives: Book

Albums re-imagined as books

Designer Christophe Gowans created book jackets inspired by rock albums. “What If Your Favorite Album Was a Book?” (Mother Jones)

Jim Tierney’s great designs for Jules Verne novels

I liked the cover design for Alan Dean Foster’s Predators I Have Known. I visited the site of the designer, Jim Tierney and came across his beautiful designs for four Jules Verne novels. The jacket for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is cut to resemble waves, exposing the cloth cover. I don’t think these books… Read More »

Kraken: a new book about squid

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the nature book, Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid, by Wendy Williams. One of the biggest problems cephalopods face is how to live safely in a 3-D world. When you imagine swimming in the deep ocean, you have to rethink human-oriented concepts of “up” and “down.”… Read More »

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 1st edition sells for $29,875

I’m not surprised that Action Comics #7 (1938) sold at Heritage Auctions for $143,400, because it’s the second time Superman appeared on a comic book cover. I am surprised that the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for $29,875, because it came out in 1997. Is it really that rare? Harry… Read More »

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Erik Davis on HP Lovecraft

(“hello-cthulu” from Sneakykitty) In the excellent Volume 5 of Darklore Volume 5 , Greg “Daily Grail” Taylor’s fringe culture journal, Erik Davis contributes a fantastic study of our favorite hideous overlord Cthulhu, his creator HP Lovecraft, and the author’s “fusion of occult folklore and weird science.” The entire essay can be read at Daily Grail… Read More »

Interview with author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

Maryn McKenna is the author of a new book called Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA. MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphyoloccus Aureus) kills more people every year than AIDS. In the US alone 19,000 die from it each year, and another 369,000 are hospitalized because of it. The World Health Organization calls MRSA the most important… Read More »

Fun with Figures — cool geometry book for kids from 1947

If you have kids (or even if you don’t) I recommend that you add the Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves blog to your RSS feed. I don’t collect many things, but I have acquired a small collection of vintage kids’ math and science books*, and my 7-year-old daughter and I love going through them.… Read More »

Interview with author of The 100 Thing Challenge

Recently I interviewed Dave Bruno, the author of a book called The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul, in which Dave describes his attempt to whittle down his possessions to just 100 items (he’s married and has kids, which made his challenger tougher). I… Read More »