Book covers

Although a book's cover may not be able to ultimately sway my final judgment of its contents, a nice cover (and my tastes are varied) will pique my interest enough to pick it up and leaf through it, to discern whether or not I'm up for the commitment.

The Book Cover Archive recognizes the need to appreciate this artform and have began posting covers of all sorts. I hope the appreciation continues and flourishes as we enter an age where more and more books are becoming digitalized, and where the experience of holding a physical book while reading, something that you can smell and not only touch but feel becomes less cherished by many. How anyone could choose to read a book on a Kindle or computer screen is beyond me, but that's another story.

Here's a small collection of covers I fancy.

Has a new home.

Le sigh

What are we now but voices
who promise each other
a life neither one can deliver
not for lack of wanting
but wanting can't make it so.
We hang from a vine
at a cliff's edge.
There are tigers above
and below. Let us love
one another and let go.

~ Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker

I love this poem because I think it exemplifies our inevitable fate, and I've always had a great fondness for sad poetry. I've always felt that literature that evokes sadness is always more beautiful and poignant than anything cheery. It's a shame that in spite of our protests and wishes, we know it will have to come to this. I will be absolutely depressed the day I lose my confidant, my intellectual companion, my fellow lover of obscure films and music, my wonderful best friend. I wish the day would never come.


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