I’m still reading about witty old Ben Franklin. In 1727 or ’28 Franklin wrote this amusing epitaph for himself. It was circulated among his friends and published in 1770. However, it wasn’t used on his gravestone when he died in 1790. The actual stone, still visible in philadelphia, features a very simple inscription of his name and the year.
If you listened to the most recent podcast you’ll know I resolved to become a Ben Franklin scholar in 2012. I’ve been reading The Life of Benjamin Franklin by J.A. Leo Lemay. It’s the massive first volume in a projected seven-volume biography series published by the University of Pennsylavania Press*. A couple nights ago I was pleasantly surprised to see a quote from Franklin mentioning a thunderstorm in Bucks County. This is the Pennsylvania county where I grew up, so it’s almost like he was talking about my home town. When Franklin reported on events in his newspaper he often liked to add a little quip to liven things up. And who doesn’t like a good lightning-to-the-crotch story?
Book designers Andrew Brozyna and Ian Shimkoviak discuss subject specialties in book cover design. Andrew starts off with a study of the very awesome printer and publisher Ben Franklin. Ian complains about stupid book reviews. Indie comics! Double dust jackets! Explicit!
Everybody loves those “the best of the year” round-ups you see at the end of ever year (I’m actually a bit annoyed at them, but my point is this is a thing that is done). So here are a bunch of random sites displaying their picks for the best book covers of 2011. If you’ve seen other sites doing this, please let me know. I’ll add them to the list.