From Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by Joan M. Burnham. New World Library: 2000.
Tim Kreider on the decline and fall of the book cover: http://nyr.kr/12Ee5Wy
“Soon enough, book covers, like album covers before them—like albums themselves, or sheet music for popular songs, or dance cards—will be a quaint, old-timey thing you have to explain to the uninterested young, and there’ll be one fewer excuse to strike up conversations with pretty strangers on the subway.”
Illustration by Laurent Cilluffo.
I hope this day never comes.