Sunday, September 16, 2012

Paperback 561: GI Rights and Army Justice: The Draftee's Guide to Military Life and Law / Robert S. Rivkin (Grove B-258)

Paperback 561: Grove B-258 (1st ptg, 1970)

TitleGI Rights and Army Justice: The Draftee's Guide to Military Life and Law
Author: Robert S. Rivkin
Cover artist: Jules Feiffer

Yours for: $11
Best things about this cover:
  • I hope the resolution on this image is good enough for you to see the G.I. being crushed by the title. Huddled up and anxious. What a great Vietnam-era, counterculture book this is.
  • Love the Red White and Blue *on black* color scheme—it essentially says "your country is great because it has laws that will protect you even though your country is doing Terrible things in southeast Asia."
  • Jules Feiffer! I probably got this book just because the art was by him.
  • Grove Press fought really important legal battles against censorship in the '50s and '60s after publishing banned books like "Lady Chatterley's Lover" and "Tropic of Cancer," among others. For more info, see the entertaining 2008 documentary "Obscene."

Best things about this back cover:
  • A.C.L.U.—the renegade publisher's best friend.
  • "Minus Its Couth" is a strange, fantastic phrase.
  • The black cat logo is so super-awesome that I want it on a t-shirt, like, right now.

Page 123~
However, treason may be committed only in time of a declared war and must involve something more than merely expression.

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Pete said...

So, it's ok to commit treason during a declared war, but not ok to commit treason during a police action? Or did they mean "treason CAN be committed"?

See what happens when there's no obvious lesbian tie-in to the cover? Grammatical nit-picking, and probably incorrect grammatical nit-pickint at that.

[lrf] said...

I'm still trying to figure what's going on with the drawing on the cover. Are those epaulettes on his shoulders? Hands?

Titus Groan said...

Those aren't shoulders, they are knees.