This slide show of the way books used to be marketed is certainly worth checking out, if only to see a young, cheeky-looking Cormac McCarthy’s mug, to gander Edna O’Brien’s “smokin” picture, or to decide which Tom Wolfe bestseller to read first.

Think about it: These days, how often do you see an author’s face plastered across the mainstream newspapers? Not often. Maybe we’ve just gotten uglier, but I’d love to see my round head trimmed from my body like Cormac here, looking like I’m about ready to hurl a smart-assed insult at you.

(Hat tip: Keir Graff)

(Originally posted at the Contemporary Nomad)