Friday, September 19, 2008

Maps & Legends

After a long and stressful day at school, finding the book above provided just the pick-me-up that I needed. I really love Michael Chabon's books, especially The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. His later books can sometimes be harder to get into, but eventually pulled me into places I never thought I'd be. I wasn't sure about The Yiddish Policeman's Union or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay when I started reading them. And yet, they ended up being amazing reads.

Since I'm not really a voracious reader of fiction anymore (I blame school), I didn't know that this book came out this past May. And it isn't even fiction, but a collection of essays. Non-fiction essays by one of my favorite writers? And they are packaged in a super cool hardbound book with a really cool title (Maps and Legends) and awesome three-piece bookjacket? Count me in!!! In fact, there was no price on the book that I could see, and yet I immediately took it to the register knowing that it didn't matter, that I would buy it anyway. (Well, as long as it was less than $30. Which it was.)

And thank God it will give me something else to read when I'm burnt out from design stuff!

1 comment:

JRSM said...

It's a lovely book, though I say that as someone whose interests it seems to have been specifically designed to cater for (the power of fiction, early 20th-Century pulp lit, design, comics, etc).