What does Literistic actually look like?


We don’t have a FAQ yet and many people are asking for an example of what Literistic looks like. We’ve taken a huge screenshot of March’s list and pasted it below. The list is not totally representative of what we’re going to be sending in the future — this is our first list — but it should give you an idea of how the list is formatted and whether or not it’s something you want to see in your inbox every month. Remember, we query each subscriber about their tastes in publications and fellowships when they sign up, so the tastes reflected below may change in the future. Take a look:


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The Best Advice Neil Gaiman Got But Completely Failed to Follow

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Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech at the University of the Arts in 2012 is incredibly inspiring. Gaiman tells the story of getting his first few freelancing gigs (he lied about being published by a bunch of magazines in order to get employers to pay attention to him), about ignoring good advice, and about his publisher going insolvent and being unable to pay him. Sit back, grab a tissue box and prepare to get a little weepy:

Watch This Incredible Trailer for Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


Who isn’t a fan of Haruki Murakami‘s novels? His latest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, sold more than a million copies in the first week it went on sale in Japan. It looks like Knopf put together a trailer that almost no one noticed (a measly 15,000 plays on YouTube). Anyway, we thinks it’s brilliant. The music is performed by Knopf’s cover designer Peter Mendelsund. Check it out below:

Check out These Stunning Minimalist Book Covers by New Directions

Type and space— that’s all you need for a good book cover. The covers below are a testament to design minimalism and good sense. Thanks New Directions!

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Watch Peter Mendelsund Play Liszt for Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki


Peter Mendelsund is one of my favourite designers. I have a copy of “Cover” sitting next to me on my desk right now — right next to my Bringhurst — and “What We See When We Read” is, well, a must read. Here Mendelsund performs Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, which is featured in the trailer for Murakami’s newest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage.