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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Humbling

Design by Milton Glaser
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Simply wonderful design by Milton Glaser for Roth's tale of "one of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, (who) has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance." This aches: there's real sadness and loneliness and no joy here, and the spotlight shining through the stage floor reinforces that it is shining on nothing.


Some info about Glaser's relationship with Roth here, and a shout-out to The Oxen of the Sun blog, where I first saw this cover. (Check out his leather-bound copy of Murakami's After Dark.)

6 comments:

Ian Shimkoviak said...

brilliant cover. It is interesting that this cover retains a sort of old-school feel—that is becoming hip again.

The Oxen of the Sun said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out! I've been following the BDR for quite a while, and to be honest your blog is what inspired me to get started on my own.

Keep up the amazing work!

Nick said...

May I point out that the spotlight is actually shining on MEHUIPHIRC, which is probably a code of some sort...

sorry.

geneparmesan said...

you've got a typo up there... "Deisgn by Milton Glaser"

Joseph said...

Fixed. Thanks!

Joseph said...

Nick: Touche ;-)