Title: A Handy Illustrated Guide to Basketball
Edited by: Sam Nisenson
Cover artist: Uncredited [Really!?!? it's an "illustrated" guide and the illustrator gets no credit? Come on...]
Yours for: $7
Best things about this cover:
- This is from that weird phase in Perma's history where they were releasing paperbacks in hardback form. Paperback-sized, but with stiff boards.
- I like how "spectators" and "fans" are different entities. Like there's this class of watcher out there who's like "I'm gonna watch this sport I don't like."
- Would've been inconvenient to buy paperbacks in Canada. 39 cents!? Just make it 40. Don't make me carry a penny or a loonie or nuknuk or whatever they call their currency around.
Best things about this back cover:
- Mmmm, scintillating description of the object I'm holding in my hand. Tell me more about the "wear-resistant finish"...
- This back cover copy has me wondering about the meaning of the word "permanent."
- "Books to Keep"—because their earlier motto, "Books to Burn," proved disappointing, sales- (and lawsuit-) wise.
Hell yeah ILLUSTRATIONS.
The ball becomes alive, or goes into play, when it leaves the hand of an official on a toss for a jump ball, or is placed at the disposal of a free thrower, or when it touches a player in the court after a throw-in from out of bounds.The ball becomes alive! Now that would add an interesting twist to the game. "Ouch! It bit me! Hey, ref ..."
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