Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Bit of This and That

I found a couple of interesting things while reading this morning, and I thought I'd share them with the rest of you. So, if you're bored, take a few minutes and check them out. First, here's a really great picture of Obama during his campaign travels. It does my heart good to see a public official reading a book, and an intelligent book at that. The short blurb about the photo contains a good description for the book he's reading -- The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria. I have a suspicion that sales of this book will now skyrocket.

The other tidbit I came across this morning is a great article with lots of photos of book jackets, movie posters, etc. involving the "A-Frame." I'd never really thought about it before, but this is definitely an oft-used technique. I especially like the older book jackets from the 40s and 50s.

I came across both of these via Paper Cuts, the New York Times blog about books.

I will try to do a review of Wilderness Tips, a short story collection by Margaret Atwood in the next day or so. I really, REALLY liked this one. I'm so proud of myself for reading more short stories. :) I don't know why I have ignored this genre for so long.

Have a Great Thursday!

9 comments:

Gentle Reader said...

I heard Fareed Zakaria on the radio the other day and his conversation with the radio interviewer was really interesting. I might have to buy that book! I might not be able to find a copy now, though :)

Lisa said...

gentle reader, i haven't heard him speak, but I have heard good things about the book. I agree -- it may be really hard to find a copy now. :)

Tara said...

Great photo! My husband loved the photo also, and is especially proud since he - my husband - read this book the day it came out. He really liked it and is a big fan of Zakaria. In fact, he just passed along a great article to me he printed off from Zakaria's website - it was from Playboy!

Ravenous Reader said...

I really enjoy Paper Cuts - I've missed reading it for a few days, so missed both these articles. Now I have to go back and look them up!

Lisa said...

tara, I haven't read the book, but I probably should. I will definitely go check out his website.

ravenous reader, I really enjoy Paper Cuts, as well. There is also a blog in which a single book is discussed for several weeks. The last one was Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson.

Andi said...

Sigh....

My Obama crush gets bigger all the time. :)

Stephanie said...

That is a great picture of Obama!! And you are right. It's great to see someone who could be running this country one day reading!!

Lisa said...

andi, lol -- I know what you mean.

stephanie, it is quite refreshing, isn't it?

Jill said...

That page of covers (the A-Frame) was really fun to study. Clearly it makes for a nice cover, regardless of what the story is actually about...