Thursday, November 02, 2006

For the discerning reader on your shopping list...

The Idiot : Designed by Ron Arad


Penguin is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Penguin Classics by commissioning limited editions of five classic novels by some modern designers. $200 bucks if you can find one. I would like The Idiot or Manolo Blahnik's Madame Bovary but I am not picky. The other special editions are Tender is the Night by Sam Taylor-Wood , Lady Chatterley's Lover by Paul Smith, and Crime & Punishment by Fuel. And when I say "by" I mean designed by which I know is probably obvious but it still looked weird so I had to say something. Anyway, Penguin is owned by same company I work for so maybe I can weasel an employee discount. The article about it is here.

The Guardian also had a story about a newly discovered sonnet, "Ennui", by Sylvia Plath which can be found online in the journal Blackbird and probably by now also on 8 million teenage girls myspace pages.

Damn, Band of Brothers already started. Gotta Go.

5 comments:

Churlita said...

I'd love to write a lengthy comment, but I gotta go check my daughters' Myspace for the newly discovered Sylvia Plath poem.

Dexter said...

(Putting on flameproof suit) The poem wasn't bad. Better then the Bell Jar and not just because it's shorter.

zaphod said...

Dostoyefsky rules. The Idiot, if you didn't already know, is the Gospel in allegory. I liked it a lot. I liked Crime and Punishment even more.

Dexter said...
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Dexter said...

Part of what I liked about Absurdistan is one of the characters is called Aloysha Bob. I am slowly wending my way rereading Dostoevesky in the recent Pevear and Volokhonsky's translations. And I do mean slowly. I need to reread The Idiot, I read a lot of the Russians when i was very young. It was my socialist comrades in arms back in Army like Juche Child who got me started.