Here is a rather clever design project from accomplished art director, Christophe Gowans. The Record Books reimagines best-selling albums as books.

Stanley Kubrick was known to have rooms of his estate literary filled with project research. The topic which took up the most space was Napoleon. After studio support for the project was pulled, Kubrick was never able to secure the financing necessary to film his screen play. For decades, the wealth of amassed groundwork sat filed away until recently. The art publisher Taschen have put many of these materials together in a book set, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made. Here is a short film on the book’s backstory.

(via In Secret Agreement)

I’ve just finished reading Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine. He manages to craft a story involving credit default swaps into an absolute page turner. The narrative is a pulverizing piece of literary work that will stand as a clear record of how the American people were cheated by a morally bankrupt system that by design had to fail. The story reads like a curious piece of fiction. Only it’s not. It’s all real. Lewis tells the story of Wall Street’s recent meltdown better than the bankers and investors themselves seem to understand what happened.  Overlapping stories and characters are woven together in a style that consistently made me think of HBO’s The Wire. Here are a few select words from one hedge fund trader who made tens of millions of dollars by betting against the system.

I think there is something fundamentally scary about our democracy… because I think people have a sense that the system is rigged, and it’s hard to argue that it isn’t.

Every year since 1949, a mysterious visitor has paid tribute to Edgar Allen Poe by leaving a bottle of cognac and roses at his tomb on his birthday. This week marks the first time in 61 years that nobody came,

Letters of Note is a site that archives intriguing correspondences of the written and printed variety. In this letter, J.D. Salinger explains why he has no intentions of letting anyone have the film rights to The Catcher in the Rye. And here, Edgar Allan Poe apologizes for drunken behavior and asks his publisher to purchase an article, as he is in desperate need for cash.

A friend of mine who I haven’t seen in sometime just shared this with me. He provided the soundtrack which accompanies Conor Oberst Sex, a short ebook which is also available online for free. Whether or not this story is based on any truth involving Mr. Bright Eyes himself is kind of irrelevant. The story imagines a quick intimate relationship with Connor Oberst or any object of desire for that matter. I found it to be a nice little read and really like the idea of including a soundtrack with a story.

Book Worship is an appropriately named blog that is dedicated to one person’s growing collection of books whose designs he finds graphically interesting. The designer/author happens to have fantastic taste.