Chronicle Books' blog: "From the design desk: Ends"

Another inside peek at the way the brains of the Chronicle Books designers work: this time, it's a fairly glorious exploration of bookbinding details – all about endpapers. 

Another integral element of every hardcover which deserves some special attention are the endpapers. Also commonly known as end sheets, or endleaves, around here we usually just refer to them as “ends.”
These are first and last pages found in a hardbound book. Half of each endpaper is glued onto the inside of one of the covers and the other half joins that cover to the textblock. (The inside pages of a book all together are referred to as the text block or book block.) The part of the endpaper which is pasted to a cover is called the pastedown endpaper, and the unattached half is called the loose endpaper or flyleaf.


"Rule Six: Nothing Is A Mistake. There's No Win & No Fail. There's only Make."


Lisa Congdon:

Last year I became smitten with something I read on Brain Pickings: a list of Art Department Rules by artist & teacher Sister Corita Kent and composer & writer John Cage. While I was laid up after foot surgery last year (with hours of time on my hands to kill!) I decided (with Maria Popova’s encouragement) to hand letter the rules in my own style. What you see above is the result.

Via Brain Pickings – and Lisa Congdon's own site.

"I Forgot! No One May Touch Her Book!"

The Adventures of Jodelle
by Guy Peellaert
Fantagraphics | 9781606995303 | $45 | March 2013

Ensconced in the avant-garde of the extraordinary social and cultural upheavals that were drawing 1960s Europe into the building wave of postmodernism, a Belgian advertising dropout, fed up with the corporate world, conceived the first "adult comic book" virtually off the top of his head.
By creating The Adventures of Jodelle, a deluxe comics album that wore its revolutionary Pop sensibility on its sleeve, Guy Peellaert obliterated the conventions of what had up to that point been a minor, childish medium. Ironically appropriating the face and body of the teen idol Sylvie Vartan, he fashioned a new kind of heroine, a sensual, parodically beautiful spy. For his setting he chose a defiantly anachronistic Roman Empire, into which irrupted the most flamboyant symbols of a conquering America, the originator of all fantasies.

"I Don’t Even Know Why This Exists, But It Does And It’s In My House And I Have a Spoon"

John Scalzi discovers the wonders of Biscoff Spread:

Seriously, I don’t know what evil genius said “I know, we’ll take a cookie and make apaste out of it and then put it in a jar,” but whoever you are, sir or madam, you are diabolical and I salute you. Because, holy crap, this stuff is amazing. If you gave me a jar of this and a multivitamin, I would be set for the day. Yes, yes, I am twelve. So what.

A similar product is also available from Trader Joe's as "Speculoos Cookie Butter". This stuff is SERIOUSLY evil. And very, very tasty.

The Many Lives of Donald Westlake

Michael Weinreb at Grantland:

In his nearly five-decade career, Westlake, who died in 2008, created a diverse and surprising catalogue that encompasses crime — from both sides of the law — and science fiction and satire and adventure and enjoyable little oddities that don't really fit into any category. He was astoundingly prolific and eminently readable; he had a loyal fan base and respect among his peers but never made a New York Times best-seller list; and he is known by many not for Parker, but for his comic novels, the most popular of which featured a curmudgeonly literary cousin of Parker named Dortmunder. "Comic literature of any kind is the hardest thing to write," says Otto Penzler, Westlake's friend, sometime editor, and the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan. "It's also very subjective."