Saturday, August 29, 2009

Who’s Who

Back in the LP era, Tom Phillips' art appeared on album covers. The most prominent example is Brian Eno's 1975 Another Green World. The cover image is a small detail of Phillips' painting After Raphael. The album's lyrics were created by a cut-up technique in which Eno listened to nonsense syllables and formed them into words.

Phillips also did one of the portraits on the cover of The Who's Face Dances (1981). Peter Blake, best known for creating the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper cover, commissioned a cross-section of British popsters to contribute: David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, R.B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield -- as well as Phillips and Blake himself. Can you tell which portrait is by Phillips? (There's a telltale clue, barely visible if you click for the larger view.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monster Mad-Libs

[Editor Jason Rekulak] "had these lists, and on one side he had a column of War and Peace and Crime and Punishment and Wuthering Heights and whatever public domain classic literature you can think of. And on the other side he would have these phenomena like werewolves and pirates and zombies and vampires. He called me one day, out of the blue, very excitedly, and he said, all I have is this title, and I can't stop thinking about this title. And he said: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For whatever reason, it just struck me as the most brilliant thing I'd ever heard."
—Seth Grahame-Smith, co-author (with Jane Austen) of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Escape From N.Y.

Today's puzzle picture: Find the Ann Coulter book title in this 2007 collage by Dash Snow.