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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Hello my Collective Sweetness,

I just got word that Anderson Cooper's Dispatches from the Edge will land at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Non-Fiction on June 18th. This is great news, for many reasons. Let us (me) muse on a few of them.

1. I did the jacket. Which, I'll admit, was pretty much a no-brainer. Take one gorgeous person, combine with fire, add repeating author name that mimics the CNN crawl. Done!

2. This is an utterly deserved success. A terrific book with something to say by a thoroughly likeable famous person. Pretty rare.

3. He's no James Frey. It's all true, and Mr. Cooper has more guts and integrity in one of his silvery eyelashes than Mr. Million Pieces ever will in his entire prevaricated carcass.

4. Much better, he's no Ann Coulter (no link to that bee-yatch, please). Or Ann Cunter, as I like to call her, though the less time I spend using brain-space on that Godless (boy, is THAT the right title), narcissistic, ball-chewing shrew, the better.

5. Seriously, this is nothing less than a victory for Sanity, Decency, and Quality. A respite from the spate of invective-spewing Right-versus-Left-versus-everything-else slappy-fight books we've been inundated with.

6. He's as cool in real life as he is on screen. Great to work with and totally accessible throughout the process. Secret fun fact: He uses a Wonder Twins mousepad in his office.

7. The jacket is by me.

What d'yall think?

And now, Fun Site of the Day, combining the names of books and rock bands. Anyone for Courtney Love in the Time Of Cholera?

Tomorrow, to wrap, I'll respond to previous posts.

Wet ones,


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Chip Kidd is a designer/writer in New York City. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked nonstop since 1986, have helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Kidd has published two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, and is also the author of Batman: Death by Design and the coauthor and designer of True Prep, the sequel to the beloved Official Preppy Handbook. His 2012 TED Talk has been viewed 1.2 million times and is cited as one of the "funniest of the year." He is most recently the author of the bestselling Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, and the new book Judge This.

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Chip Kidd is the author of Judge This

10 Responses to "Thursday, June 8, 2006"

    Rockhard Stonecold June 8th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    Ann Cunter... awesome!!!

    Art June 8th, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    "Ann Cunter"? Ha ha. I'll take it. I also enjoyed Andrew Sullivan's description: "She's a drag queen impersonating a fascist." Double awesome.

    Margaret June 8th, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Somebody notify the Library of Congress so we can add some sub-categories to book CIP info:

    1. Politics—slappy fights. 2.Shrews—godless—toxic—waste of space. 3. The Abyss—endlessness of.

    On a lighter note: Anna of All the Russias + Suite Française = so, so hot on the shelf. Bravo.

    Joseph June 8th, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    I really like the cover of the Anderson book. The photo and the crawl are off just enough to make your eyes do some work -- something usually lacking in the covers for political titles, memoirs and the like. But can I mention your jacket for the new Updike book? That's wonderful too, and there's a good discussion of it and "terrorism fiction" in general going on in the NYT Book Review blog.

    Shannon June 8th, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I love the cover of Cooper's book. I'm reading it now. He's so...forthright and honest about what he's seen.

    As for Ann Cunter...totally with you all the way. I can't think of another woman who deserves that title more.

    ibjoeralt June 8th, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Okay, I cannot stand Coulter's politics or her methods, but I think using the C-bomb is going too far. Really. Put it back in the box with the F-bomb and the N-bomb. Really.

    Jane June 8th, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    I got my book signed at the Arlington signing. It was PACKED! Over 250 people in a not-large bookstore. But Anderson was unfailingly gracious, and shook every hand. Amazingly gorgeous man, too!

    ijboeralt June 9th, 2006 at 7:28 am

    For those Coulter-haters out there, the June 9 Borowitz Report, about an "insane comment competition," is for you.

    One good quote: “In any competition involving verbal lunacy, Ann Coulter is the favorite going in,” said Mr. Ahmadinejad. “I will need to train for this for months.”

    Ranger Colt June 9th, 2006 at 9:34 am

    Hey ibjoeralt, you forgot about the B-bomb. And the CH-bomb. And the K-bomb. And the SH-bomb. And the...

    Hmmm, on second thought, maybe we're all grown-ups and we can handle the use of a little profanity, after all, without relegating "objectionable" words to the "Unusable Bomb" bin.

    Kim Upham July 2nd, 2006 at 12:39 am

    Kudos on the fine jacket cover. Looking forward to reading A-Coop's book. But the pressing question is, when can we get him to Powell's in Portland, Oregon for a book-signing?

    Hopefully soon, soon, soon!


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