An excerpt from Emily Spivack’s new book Worn Stories:
Pat Mahoney’s shorts, as on qz.com:
(quotation found in Paul Arden’s book It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be (2003 Phaidon Press)
Past places of dread, we walk in the center of the road, looking up at the torn wallpapers of browny blacks and purples as the mournful remains of derelict shoulder-to-shoulder houses, their safety now replace by trepidation. Local kids ransack empty houses, and small and wide-eyed, I join them, balancing across exposed beams and racing into wet black cellars; underground cavities where murder and sex and self-destruction seep from cracks of local stone and shifting brickwork where aborted babies found deathly peace instead of unforgiving life.
Morrissey, the only living author to be published under the Penguin Classics imprint. As Wikipedia noted:
The book is not divided into chapters and its opening paragraph lasts four-and-a-half pages.
I found this image while reading a book on Italian graphic design:
This image is similar to the cover of Joy Division’s 1978 album Unknown Pleasures:
On the album cover design, Wikipedia has the following:
Peter Saville, who had previously designed posters for Manchester’s Factory club in 1978, designed the cover of the album. Morris chose the image used on the cover, which is based on an image of radio waves from pulsar CP 1919, from The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy. Saville reversed the image from black-on-white to white-on-black and printed it on textured card for the original version of the album.
This image became well-known, featuring on t-shirts (even parodied by a quickly-withdrawn Disney shirt). When reviewing the 2007 remastered version of Unknown Pleasures, Pitchfork Media critic Joshua Klein described the cover art as “iconic”. Susie Goldring, reviewing the album for BBC Online said, “The duochrome Peter Saville cover of this first Joy Division album speaks volumes. Its white on black lines reflect a pulse of power, a surge of bass, and raw angst. If the cover doesn’t draw you in, the music will.”
The inner sleeve features a black-and-white photograph of a door with a hand near the handle. It was some years later before Saville discovered that the photograph was Hand Through a Doorway, a well-known picture by Ralph Gibson.
Could it be that the album cover was inspired by Pino Tovaglia’s piece? Chi lo sa’.
Here are some links to websites on Pino Tovaglia (in Italiano):