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Jesse Marinoff Reyes:

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Happy 90th Birthday to Beat Generation Icon, Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)….

…A Happy 90th Birthday remembrance to the Beat Generation icon and one of the great post-war American writers. The impact that Kerouac—and the Beats—had on both American literature and pop culture goes beyond what I can relate here and has already filled volumes of cultural criticism….

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Vanity of Duluoz
Penguin Books, 1994
Design: Daniel Rembert (b. 1965, pending confirmation)
Photograph: (family photos) The estate of Jack Kerouac
Art Director: Paul Buckley (b. 1965)

This was the look of Penguin’s Kerouac catalog beginning in the early 1990s (his official novel output, about 17 titles). Rembert’s approximation of film strips using family photos or candids by Allen Ginsberg with hand-scrawled “labeling” for the cover copy (including the quote) gave this series a distinctive, down-to-earth but smart feel—not out of place on a literary series nor a rock and roll package—that I’ve long admired.

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Book of Sketches
Penguin Books, 2006
Design: Jesse Marinoff Reyes (b. 1961)
Illustration: George Condo (b. 1957)
Art Director: Paul Buckley (b. 1965)

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Safe in Heaven Dead
Hanuman Books, 1990
Photograph: Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), ca. 1953

I love these tiny-format paperbound books with little jackets and foil-stamped title and subject. Kinda pretty and kinda low-rent at the same time. These have a lot in common with the counterculture publishing done by the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco. Hanuman books were printed and hand-bound in India.

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