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The Art of the Remix: Record Albums as Book Covers & Other Cool Artistic Literary Ventures

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Record Albums as Book Covers & Other Artistic Literary Ventures

Argonautica by Apollonius of RhodesPeople like remixes. There is a very particular exhilaration that comes over you when that-song-that-you-don’t-really-like-but-the-stations-all-play-so-now-you’re-just-used-to-the-damn-thing starts to slow down and an echo-y voice shouts out, “Reeeeeeeemix!”

It’s fun to have something you’ve grown used to altered a bit, taken ever so slightly out of its monotony. When it’s something you love (Who are we kidding at this stage? You know I always mean “literary stuff”), the experience is increased. Taking something out of its usual context presents it in a new way and reminds you why you loved it in the first place.

Album-Book Covers

Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks by Christophe Gowans Let’s keep things in the musical vein for a while. Christophe Gowans has played around with cover art, creating covers for iconic albums as if they had been born textually. Each album is beautifully represented, and all in varying schools and types of book cover design. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon still has its iconic color scheme in tact, while Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a little more playful.

Click here to see a slideshow featuring more covers.

New Look for Poe

The good people at Commoner, Inc.—which I think is technically one guy—have given one of the most iconic writers of horror a bit of a makeover. Not really, of course. That would be gross. Five Poe short stories have been individually bound and equipped with striking covers, which evoke the primary images of their respective tales. The covers stay with you, just as Poe’s haunting tales do. I think The Raven’s revamp, with its cheery yellow and subtle monster, might just be my favorite.

Better Book Titles

This tongue-and-cheek website ( gives readers everywhere an opportunity to say what we were all thinking. From the classics to current popular titles, nothing is sacred and no book is safe. You’ll no doubt find the clever remark you wished you’d come up with when your 10th Grade English teacher asked you what you really thought of Julius Caesar.

Writers and Kittens

This one is exactly what it sounds like. I honestly don’t know why you’re still reading this when you could be cooing at an image of Edward Gorey taking a nap, surrounded by adorable fluffballs.

–Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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