Back in August, Little, Brown and Co announced a design competition for the Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary edition. A month ago the winning entry was announced. You can even pre-order the book with the new cover now (due out in a month).
Look at that damn thing.
God damn I hate that cover. And I don’t like any of the other covers the winning artist designed either.
Of course, for a book as complex as IJ, I’m not sure any cover would satisfy me. But this? Here was a chance to have a cover that more fully represented the major addiction/recovery/redemption themes that soak each page. Here was a chance to express the hard-fought pain, knowledge, and experience that DFW himself endured before, during, and after the writing of this book. Instead, the publishers went with the book’s McGuffin gimmick.
How incredibly trite.