Speaking to the Past

My literary hero has done it again.

He’s managed to send a multitude of shivers down my spine with simple and wonderful wisdom.

Douglas Coupland celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Penguin by trying to talk to someone in 1935 and astound them.

He says “how many of us can time-stamp periods in our life just by the merest glance a Penguin cover and its genius format? College. Loneliness. Relationships. Adulthood. In some sense Penguin covers function more as diaries than they do as covers.

So I got to thinking, when Penguins start talking back to you, it makes you realize that the Penguin dialogue is a lifelong dialogue one of life’s catch-free pleasures. Happy 75th, Penguin, and to anyone reading this, join in the discussion. It’s easy, fun and oh, so worthy.”

They’re beautiful covers, wise words and a brilliant project! I want the Blow the Planet to Smithereens as a large oversized print to go in my bedroom. Just to remind me how fragile life is and, somewhere along the lines, we stopped fearing The Bomb.

What would you say to 1935 with a Penguin Cover? (To see the full set click on the cover above)

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