March 16, 2006

bLOGLogo.jpgUpdike on Book Jackets
I tend to ignore jackets, or at least I think I do. Novelist John Updike does think about them as he notes in his Guardian essay : “In a field, book-jacket design, where edge, zip and instant impact are sine qua non, [Chip] Kidd is second to none.”

Decoding the DaVinci Code Trial
To get up to speed: Authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, published by Random House UK claim that Dan Brown copied its thematic architecture for his Da Vinci Code, also published by Random House UK in England. Former Random House publishing director, who dealt with both books, Patrick Janson-Smith testified yesterday that he saw no evidence of copying, reported the New York Times. He is quoted as saying: “The Da Vinci Code is a rompoing piece of good fiction. Like any thriller, no doubt it took ideas from any number of sources.”


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