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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pigeons

Am I the only one disappointed with this?

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9 comments:

Ingrid said...

I think that a pigeon statue that is, uh, patina'd with white droppings would send a better message. (Now how would one commission such a piece? Fun.)

Or just white droppings.

But this bird can't carry the full cover, alas, and the type is pretty standard.

Anonymous said...

Are you ever NOT disappointed?

Joseph said...

Seriously? I love Worldchanging, What is the What, Harbor and Winterwood, and that's just in the past two weeks. Scroll down, friend, scroll down.

Martin said...

IMHO these birds are boring and ugly.
So what you see is what you get...

Anonymous said...

Hilarious... I was just at a Mary Roach reading last week where she was facetiously soliciting ideas for her next book. A woman in the audience suggested she write about pigeons. And here the book exists!

Anonymous said...

ok the typography here leaves me cold. and there seems to be some ropey photoshop cloning of the wood at the bottom ... however, pigeons are BEAUTIFUL. they get too much bad press - here in London we call them 'sky-rats'.

look at that fella, proud in all his avian glory! i'd certainly pick this up... the pigeon theme also attracted me to this fine novel:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Pigeon-Wars-Patrick-Neate/dp/0141009063

part of a series of nice covers for Patrick Neate. anyway, apologies for the 'rant'! and lets learn to love our winged vermin, afterall they have enough to worry about as it is:

http://www.rpra.org/raptors.html

andrea said...

Soooo many possibilities and this is what they used? Who can't think of something more interesting about a pigeon that they've seen in the last week? This looks terrible, like they brought in a pigeon to put in front of a backdrop and pose. (In fact, this just has to be what they did.) I see more interesting pigeons every day. Bad, bad, bad, and I actually do want to read it because the topic interests me. But I don't think anyone much interested in the subject would get interested by looking at this cover.

Anonymous said...

Like sex, birds sell books. Now I'm writing a book on sexy birds.

ben said...

sure, there are various levels of abstraction that we could explore here (i like the idea of a dropping-splattered pigeon-statue), but i still wouldn't say i'm disappointed with the cover.

there are so many ugly covers to choose from, but i don't really find anything explicity wrong with this one. the colors are nice and the typography fits the photo.

for a book that's supposed to be a portrait of pigeons, i feel like it's a pretty appropriate cover (though far from Eggers' new book, of course).