A bookshelf full of mid-century designer Neil Fujita’s Modern Library jackets with his iconic running torchbearer colophon on spine.
Born in Hawaii to Japanese immigrants, Fujita was forced by the U.S. government to relocate to an internment camp during WWII.
After the war Fujita made his name designing jazz album covers and book jackets. He designed The Godfather logo, made famous by the movie, and the jacket art for In Cold Blood.
In the 1960s Fujita redesigned the Modern Library series. His design was in use until the 1980s.
Fujita’s design has been described as “a kind of synthesis of Bauhaus principles and Japanese sensibility.” (Milton Glasner)
What do you think of this quintessential American mid-century modern designer?
"It began with an evening of more than ordinarily heavy calm, but of stifling air and a strange, luminous, sulphurous dimness": Modern Library reprint of Isak Dinesen’s first book (c.1960; originally published 1934). "Her stories utilise myth, enchantment and the lurid subject matter of the gothic (incest, murder, witchcraft) to explore philosophy, morality and questions of identity" (The Guardian). With an introduction by American educational reformer and women's rights activist Dorothy Canfield Fisher, who was instrumental in the book's publication. Near-fine, $20. #isakdinesen#karenblixen#seven#gothic#tales#shortstories#dorothycanfieldfisher#modernlibrary#gothgirl#grandedame#greatdane
"A knight errant deserves neither glory nor thanks if he goes mad for a reason. The great achievement is to lose one's reason for no reason." 💟 I guess if it weren't really amazing we wouldn't be talking about it 400 years later? I'm up to chapter 28 and it's getting more surreal and allegorical. It's Odyssey-like in that Don Quixote seems to travel through every possible vagary, meeting prisoners, madmen, hypocrites, fools, the lowborn and highborn. His own madness is put forth as a level of reality and authenticity. 💟 #summerofcervantes @jdpatters.onbooks @alliemy7583 @beyondthemargin @anicegreenleaf @literary.libations 💟 #books#bookstagram#booklover#readalong#donquixote#cervantes#edithgrossman#heritagepress#signetclassics#modernlibrary#igreads
While perusing the antique books at my local thrift store, I saw a basket of the ugliest little vintage dolls, called Gloobee Dolls. They are hideous, but this guy looked so sad I figured for a dollar he can come live on my bookshelf.
Que livro, senhores!!!!! Que livro!!! Tô com febre só de ler. Ele reativa a velha, mas sempre atual, como tudo num tempo fraturado como o nosso (palavras importantes no romance), pergunta de Adorno: "É possível a arte depois de Auschwitz?" #wgsebald#austerlitz#modernlibrary#englishnovel
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Got my Les Misérables copy in the mail yesterday—I’m all ready for reading this tome with my book club in July!! I can’t wait to finally read this book. I tried once before but petered out . . . (Pro tip: don’t try to read Les Mis out loud to a family member. You won’t finish it.) .
Sorry I’ve been sharing a lot of “I’m going to read this soon!” posts with you guys lately. In general I try to share mostly books I’ve already read so I can urge people to read them or talk more in-depth about them. But I’ve been busy lately and when I DO sit down to read I’ve been trying to push through War and Peace in an effort to finish before July. (I have a sneaking suspicion that reading Les Mis and War and Peace at the same time is not a good idea. Just a hunch.) So I haven’t been finishing a lot of books lately. 😄
Have you read Les Mis? How long did it take you? Do you love long classics or do you avoid them?
Happy Tuesday bookworms! 🤓 📚
So I did a thing and changed my username from Captivated by Words to Nook of Crime. This has been something on my mind for a long time and to be honest I just needed a change. Since starting this #bookstagram I have grown up and my tastes have changed. I started off strictly just YA and while I do enjoy a YA every so often it’s not my go to genre anymore. I also used be a die hard fantasy lover, but now the genre doesn’t entice me like it used to. 📚
I have a new blog launching in two weeks that I am hard at work with right now and I will have a new theme on here, which is going to be a more chill vibe. I am now no longer going to set up photos, but will take photos while I am at cafes or lounging in bed. So I hope you continue on with me on this journey as I devour all things crime and thriller. 📚
#igbooks#crimefiction#SherlockHolmes#readcrimefiction#classics#modernlibrary#AStudyinScarlet#TheHoundoftheBaskervilles#ArthurConanDoyle #🕵🏻♀️ #bookworm#booknerd#blogger#bookblogger#bookreviewer #
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