Sunday, October 6, 2013
Since I wrote every word in the book I might know a little too much about what the story looks like. So it took a while to boil it down.
I got my information from dozens of newspaper articles and other sources, and all of the people who wrote about it had one common piece of information to work from: The Note.
When you get to the basics, the story "looks like" that guy on the front cover, who wrote the four page note you see on the back cover. He copied that note by hand, many times, and sent it to a lot of news people, most with a safety-deposit box key taped to page one.
I imagine that everybody who received those notes remembered them for the rest of his life and saw the notes in his mind when the story came up years later. Same for anybody who remembers the announcement on television, or read about it in the papers. Those hand-scribed notes are what the story looks like.
Would Chip Kidd make a cover like that for this book? I doubt it, since I am no Chip Kidd.