Micro Fiction

A few years ago, Yin Yin Wong came across the Dutch writer Jan Wolkers’s 1969 novel, Turks Fruit, in a dusty corner of a secondhand store. She had first read the book as a high school student, but now that …

Eyes on Iran

Taarof is a Persian term that describes a certain kind of social negotiation among Iranians. “It’s this game that starts off whenever you see friends,” says Afsoon Talai, “this exchange and back and forth.” Talai is the visual editor of …

Holes in the City: A Doughnut Map for New York

The neighborhood around Print‘s New York offices, in the no-man’s land between Kips Bay and Murray Hill, has plenty of charms: cheap soup and spendy coffee, all manner of South Asian cuisine, a hotel that’s lousy with paparazzi, a lunch counter that …

On the Sixth Floor with Arem Duplessis and Gail Bichler

The New York Times Magazine‘s design director and art director on trashed covers, never learning Flash, and the dark cloud over Manhattan publishing     What’s the process of designing a cover like? How many versions are scrapped before you …

Filling in the Blanks of a Cryptic Brian Eno Album Cover

Just as great records are sometimes brought low by awful art, so do mediocre albums often benefit from covers that outperform the music they advertise. Then there are records whose jackets (real or digital) hang loosely, with at best cryptic connections to the …

On Tour with Cass McCombs

The indie singer-songwriter on DIY fonts, Hieronymus Bosch, and WikiLeaks   Photograph by Joel Brooks    Most people know you as a musician, but you’ve also designed a font called Die Sect. The font was created as part of the …

Pinstripe Ghost

When the New York Yankees’ historic 1923 home in the Bronx was torn down to make way for a new, luxury-box-stuffed stadium, it seemed as though the House That Ruth Built would be nothing but a memory. That gave Stephen …

The New Yorker Cover Department's Greatest Rejects

Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s art editor since 1993, doesn’t have normal relationships with the artists who draw the magazine’s covers. “Think of me as your priest,” she told one of them. Mouly, who cofounded the avant-garde comics anthology RAW with her husband, Art Spiegelman, asks the artists she works with—Barry Blitt, Christoph Niemann, Ana Juan, R. Crumb—not to hold back anything in their cover sketches.

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