A shelf of books

Tom Comitta pens tongue-in-cheek rework of Martin Scorsese’s Marvel essay

What started out as a comical article on literature turned into a look at the pervasive world of publishing. Tom Comitta's Airport Novella was a whimsical jab at trashy airport books. But for his recent essay, I Said Mainstream Novels Aren’t Literature. Let Me Explain., Comitta took on one of the greatest film directors in …

Standards Manual's new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Standards Manual’s new book dedicated to late 90s Japanese emojis

Standards Manual have previously published graphic manuals for Nasa and the New York City Transit Authority. Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed’s publishing imprint Standards Manual have released a new book celebrating the emojis designed by Shigetaka Kurita for Japanese telecoms company Docomo. 176 symbols were originally created and according to their research, Docomo came up …

Book-A-Minute Classics

We presume you've heard of CliffsNotes or literary abridgements but this really takes the biscuit. Book-A-Minute Classics condense classic literature down to a few sentences. This is clearly tongue-in-cheek but it's interesting to see the "essence" of some of the most famous novels in the English language in such a reduced form. Here's an example …