I wish folks would stop asking me about my favorite book. Can a parent pick a favorite child? (Well, even if parents could pick, they usually won’t say).
But, I will say that I have book covers that I love more than others. One example is the cover of the Ballantine mass market imprint of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ring trilogy. These came out in the 1970’s and depict on the cover watercolors painted by J.R.R. Tolkien himself.
As much as I appreciate the rich art work of other cover artists (Alan Lee comes to mind) and as much as Peter Jackson’s interpretation of Middle Earth fills my mind’s eye, I always come back to these editions of the LOtR saga. My copies of these paperback editions are crumbling and disintegrating, and I have replaced them with subsequent editions both in print and on e-book. But I cannot bring myself to pitch out these editions.
I think the main reason for this is that I believe that these paintings are the closest we are ever going to get to seeing what Middle Earth really looks like — images straight from the creator’s imagination.
So in answer to the question: do I judge a book by its cover? I guess I do.
ljg (c) 2013
When I look to the sky I cannot help but look to the future. When I was a kid, it was all about the space race, and the future was in stars.
Riding on that feeling, I took an astronomy course in college way back then — when Pluto was still a planet and going to the moon was still fresh and new.
I had access to a reflector telescope with a motor drive. I borrowed my dad’s 35 mm slr, mounted it to the eyepiece of the telescope, and I opened it up for a very long exposure. Fortunately, I was able to synchronize the telescope’s motor to perfectly track the moon in order to keep my long exposure from turning into a big old blur.
Here is one of those photos I took. That moon is still looking back at me and calling me to the future…..
LJG (c) 2013
Prompted by the Daily Post Photo Challenge of the Week