Matt Dorfman (@matt.dorfman)
Cover for a (comparative) philosophical doozy. The title is taken from Lolita, in which Humbert Humbert compresses the story of his mother's death as: "(picnic, lightning)"; Which then becomes the author’s departure point to tunnel through the grief of losing both of his parents alongside his interactions on Twitter, online personas, fake news and the elastic definition of what is considered a real experience in the present day. It's light! Thank you @ingsu.liu
*Philadelphians: I will be giving a talk next Thursday 4/11 at @bluecadet in Fishtown. If you are anywhere in town that night and want to hear stories about making a newspaper and/or my night shift then you should totally come over. I was informed yesterday that the talk is sold out through the Philly AIGA/eventbrite channels but that a handful of spare tickets could/might be made available. Details for the location, time, etc are in the link in the bio & if you don't have a ticket and would like to attend, send me an email. I've witnessed complete strangers and close personal friends alike hurl demands at people both real and imagined on the streets of this town since I was a boy. Not to dishonor that passion but for this situation, a short email should be fine. See you there.
Book Review’s last call for 2018; Ditching booze for the harder stuff. Essays by Michael Pollan on writing while tripping on toad venom and Jonathan Lethem on fictional drugs. Maybe we paid @armandoveve in DMT. Maybe we didn’t. (We didn’t). Happy new year. #nytimesbookreviewart
What I’m saying is that either you’re the sort of person who has 50+ photocopies of fingers stacked on their desk and won’t commit to cleaning said desk unless guests are due to arrive in 20 minutes or you instead have a very clean desk and you really need to get on the stick about shoring up extra copies of people’s fingers.
Cover for Verso which contends that creativity as applied by grownups is a lazy misnomer for measuring profit margins. Minding that mission, I don’t believe that’s why a different proposal for this cover featuring the severed head of a unicorn was answered with a hard ‘no,’ but it’s something I’ve spent some of my free time thinking about. This cover features rainbow foil.
Made a floral bouquet of tax docs for the A1 story today. And by story I mean paper trail. And by paper trail I mean FFS All County Building Supply. Frayed attention spans notwithstanding it’s worth absorbing from start to finish. It would have been waved off indefinitely had Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russ Buettner not asked a million questions.
A tech entrepreneur of some regard reviews ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’ by Yuval Noah Harari. Art/type by @jessica_svendsen, without whom this might have been very difficult. If my own feed is an indication many of you have already seen this today so sorry not sorry etc. #nytimesbookreviewart