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October 16, 2011

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Timabrahams

Really nice collection of book jackets, undermined by a highly debatable historical contention at the beginning. The Ukranian famine is far more complicated an argument than you make out and really what does it have to do with these dust jackets? If there is a link, then surely there is a similar link between the napalming of Cambodia and Milton Glaser's I Heart NY campaign.

John F. Ptak

Thanks Tim for your comments--it just so happened that I changed the intro to the quick Soviet bookjacket post earlier this morning because, well, one really didn't have much to do with the other. // I don't agree though on the point you raised on the Ukrainian genocide, but that will have to wait for a different post, and then we can have a discussion about it. // Its interesting to think about what you said about Glaser and I Heart NY,though the association to me isn't quite as direct as 1932/3 and the Ukraine. The bombing of Cambodia came a little earlier than the Glaser design, or at least the bombing campaign(s) started in '69 and ran thru the early 70's; my impression is that the Glaser logo hit in '75. I think if I was thinking about 1969 and Cambodia and NYC I might be led to DOW and Monsanto (for napalm, though that was a WWII event) and even though these companies have headquarters outside NY (in the midwest, MI and MO or something like that). I might think Monsanto in '75 for Agent Orange. I'm not sure. But I see your point, though for me its much more difficult to do the I Heart NY/Cambodia/1969-1975 association than the Soviet-design book djs/1932-3/Stalin genocide. It is something interesting to think about, how we associate dates/events/locations...but I do agree after reading what I wrote last night that the government/design association that I made was out-of-place.

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