July 30th, 2010 / 9:30 pm
Web Hype

So tired of fucking birds on book covers

95 Comments

  1. Nick Antosca

      I dunno. There are a lot of books that exist. You could do the same thing with horses, dogs, cars, houses, roads, fields, trees…

  2. King Kong Bundy

      So tired of those same birds shitting on my bookmarks.

  3. Jimmy Chen

      i see your statistical spin, though i think birds are more symbolically manipulative than trees or roads, which are so cliche they’re not even really seen. as for horses and dogs, in my search, i found dramatically way more birds.

  4. mickey hess
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  7. keedee

      clowngirl is technically a toy on a saturated field of color cover, not a bird on a cover

  8. keedee

      clowngirl is technically a toy on a saturated field of color cover, not a bird on a cover

  9. d patch
  10. keedee

      clowngirl is technically a toy on a saturated field of color cover, not a bird on a cover

  11. Jack Pendarvis

      me too

  12. Jack Pendarvis

      me too

  13. Jack Pendarvis

      me too

  14. Pemulis

      Nah, not laziness, exactly; more of a money-saving measure. Dan Chaon’s book designer, for example, was limited to photos in the public domain. For some reason, these include a lot of shoe pics, which is why you’ve been seeing them so often.

      That’s how Chaon explained it anyways, when he visited my school.

  15. Pemulis

      Nah, not laziness, exactly; more of a money-saving measure. Dan Chaon’s book designer, for example, was limited to photos in the public domain. For some reason, these include a lot of shoe pics, which is why you’ve been seeing them so often.

      That’s how Chaon explained it anyways, when he visited my school.

  16. Pemulis

      Also: holy shit! Jack Pendarvis!

  17. Pemulis

      Also: holy shit! Jack Pendarvis!

  18. Pemulis

      Nah, not laziness, exactly; more of a money-saving measure. Dan Chaon’s book designer, for example, was limited to photos in the public domain. For some reason, these include a lot of shoe pics, which is why you’ve been seeing them so often.

      That’s how Chaon explained it anyways, when he visited my school.

  19. Pemulis

      Also: holy shit! Jack Pendarvis!

  20. Christian

      Was that DFW book left off this list on purpose or not on purpose?

  21. Christian

      Was that DFW book left off this list on purpose or not on purpose?

  22. Ryan Call

      the one with the lobster on it?

  23. Ryan Call

      the one with the lobster on it?

  24. Kevin

      and to be fair, it does have bird in the title. unlike most of these.

  25. Kevin

      and to be fair, it does have bird in the title. unlike most of these.

  26. Christian

      Was that DFW book left off this list on purpose or not on purpose?

  27. Jimmy Chen

      i think you’re referring to penquin’s ‘broom of the system,’ which was left out because it was not on the design website from which i culled all the images in this post, and thus, not in my mind

  28. Jimmy Chen

      i think you’re referring to penquin’s ‘broom of the system,’ which was left out because it was not on the design website from which i culled all the images in this post, and thus, not in my mind

  29. Ryan Call

      the one with the lobster on it?

  30. Kevin

      and to be fair, it does have bird in the title. unlike most of these.

  31. Jimmy Chen

      i think you’re referring to penquin’s ‘broom of the system,’ which was left out because it was not on the design website from which i culled all the images in this post, and thus, not in my mind

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  36. Ava

      They forgot Birds of America I love that book. And the title. And everything about it. There’s a bird in every story.

  37. Ava

      They forgot Birds of America I love that book. And the title. And everything about it. There’s a bird in every story.

  38. Ava

      They forgot Birds of America I love that book. And the title. And everything about it. There’s a bird in every story.

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  40. brutal hangover

      the new franzen has a big-ass bird on it

  41. brutal hangover

      the new franzen has a big-ass bird on it

  42. brutal hangover

      the new franzen has a big-ass bird on it

  43. Elena

      Someone linked to this on Twitter. Don’t know why I clicked it, given my morbid fear of birds.

      Gonna have to drink SO much rum tonight to block out the nightmares.

  44. Elena

      Someone linked to this on Twitter. Don’t know why I clicked it, given my morbid fear of birds.

      Gonna have to drink SO much rum tonight to block out the nightmares.

  45. Elena

      Someone linked to this on Twitter. Don’t know why I clicked it, given my morbid fear of birds.

      Gonna have to drink SO much rum tonight to block out the nightmares.