Public Policy Hooligan: The Other Book Cover

I was juggling a couple different possibilities for a cover for Public Policy Hooligan.

Just like in my real life – I couldn’t figure out what to do with that bomb on the cover. So I went with the cigar cover…


2 Responses to Public Policy Hooligan: The Other Book Cover

  1. Tom Blanton January 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I had this vision of a book cover put in my mind by some supernatural being from outer space, or maybe it’s just the medication.

    I’m seeing a youthful Jim Bovard wearing a leather jacket (like Brando had in The Wild One) and an oversized Brixton hooligan cap (google it to see one) standing in a bathroom. Painted on the wall (near the top of the cover) in large letters: PUBLIC POLICY HOOLIGAN.

    Perhaps an open can of paint with a brush in it is sitting on the floor. Jim is holding a large cherry bomb over a toilet and lighting it with a Zippo. The U.S. Great Seal is on the tank of the toilet.

    At the bottom of the cover, there is a sort of tag line:

    A Hooligan Confesses Why He Throws Cherry Bombs Into The Toilets Of Public Policy.

    This thing needs to be done in the style of those sleazy pocket-book sized novels published in the fifties.

    Maybe if you checked out a few nursing homes in the Bowery, you could find the artist that did the cover for this William Burroughs book:

  2. Jim January 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    As usual, Tom, you’re about 10 miles ahead of me (and probably everybody else) when it comes to design ideas.

    Great idea for a cover. Not sure about the toilet – I was trying so hard to ‘go lofty’ on this cover design. But maybe the cigar & the railroad engineer cap in the final design blunt that aspiration as much as the toilet bowl.