Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Heartwarming Work of Staggering Genius

I don't know what took me so long to come across this McSweeney's-at-a-glance video, but it is not-to-be-missed. Nor is the book, Art of McSweeney's from Chronicle Books, published as a retrospective to mark the 12th anniversary of McSweeney's. It chronicles the history and design of their beautiful books and journals, and you can find it at your favorite neighborhood bookstore if it still exists anymore. In addition to staff at McSweeney's, it is designed and edited mostly by Brian McMullen and Michelle Quint. Be sure to read Dave Eggers' Acknowledgements in the back where he provides some interesting production notes and pays credit to others involved in the design of this book. In case anyone is still wondering whether books are still on life support, this book should put those claims to rest.

From top down: Book cover spread | Dust jacket which is printed as poster on 2 sides | Several other McSweeney titles included | Interior page spread of McSweeny's 1 | Random inspiration on the shelves at McSweeney's Inc.

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