Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Odd Bookcover...

After years of looking for my original copy of John Gray's Mill on Liberty: A Defence, I broke down and bought a new copy. It arrived several months ago, but I only just today had the occasion to take a look at it. I find the cover -- an illustration by one Mark Hudson--really odd.

Is that a castle being built around Mill's gigantic head and torso? Or is that a miniature Mill (drawn for some reason as a Picasso-ish figure) building a castle around the sovereign individual? And why does the structure stop at the shoulders? In any case, the structure being built seems exceedingly constraining. A strange image for a book that aims to defend Mill's views.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't you see? It's a total set-up. The reader's captivated by the image on the cover, only to experience pure, unadulterated liberation through reading Mill's thoughts on liberty. And I write that as someone who can't stand Mill.

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Anonymous said...

A river runs through it.

Anonymous said...

The key is the moon in the upper right corner. Whatever is going on, it's happening at night...

Glaucon said...

Why is it that Mill looks like he's passing a kidney stone in every portrait? What a dour motherfucker. Maybe it would be better to be a pig satisfied ...

Anonymous said...

Is Mill naked?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it obvious to any Red-Stater?

He's the Yellow Rose of Taxes.

wc: lasult, as in being insulted by hollywood.

Anonymous said...

Is that Bentham on the wall, constructing the panopticon?

Anonymous said...

Clearly it's a defense tower. The rest is self-explanatory once you realize that Mill can breathe fire.

Anonymous said...

I did not find it odd.nether particularly interesting.
curious somehow about the book.

Anonymous said...

it does not mean that the construction will stop at the shoulders, just by looking at the illustration.
and at that point, it will become disturbing.