"There are plenty of design books out there, and they seem to mostly fall into a few specific categories. I’ve never seen one that asks both the designers and the clients (being the authors in our case) to say what they truly feel about the final design. Do they love it? Was it forced upon them by crappy publishing jerks as one author states? Looking at covers is fun for sure, and this book is full of them, but hearing best-selling authors say your cover is just one step above suppurating bedsores is the book I wanted to curate—and I just learned a new word, suppurating. Thank you author who hates his cover. Was it really necessary for Vollmann to photograph naked crack whores for his cover? I know, I know, I should not refer to them this way, but I had to retouch the needle marks out of their thighs, and I have the bill for the models, Mercedes and Pussy Cat, at $40 each for the day—so I think I’m on safe ground here."