The Great Gatsby Returns!

On the eve of the high-profile release of The Great Gatsby remake, The New York Times recently discussed how retailers like Barnes & Noble and WalMart were having a classic New School vs. Old School debate on whether to feature the movie tie-in edition (below, left) or the original book cover art (right) for their shelves. (NYT)

Perhaps even design legend, Saul Bass, might’ve been inspired by Gatsby, too, when you look at his 1960s one-sheet for Bonjour Tristesse. And just in case you missed it (or are a loyal Bing fan), Mr. Bass was given the Internet’s highest honor yesterday with a Google Doodle tribute on the search engine king’s main page. (Guardian)

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The Catcher in the Rye Returns

Anybody who went to English class in the past sixty years or so has probably read J.D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye (below, right).

And now there’s a documentary coming out soon about the notoriously reclusive (now deceased) author, which is aptly-titled, Salinger — and I’m liking the paperback cover-inspired poster. (THR)

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The Street Posters of San Francisco

Owen Smith has drawn up book covers, album covers, and magazine covers (his rich, moody film noiry style has been most recognizably seen on The New Yorker) –– but no movie posters –– unless you count his 2008 San Francisco Market Street poster campaign celebrating Dashell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

And now Bay Area BART subway stations are going to be decorated with his latest designs promoting the summer reading season, featuring Hammett, Jack London, and Amy Tan.