Classical, Modern.

Huh? I understand that the baby boomers have a weird set of emotional and parental issues that cause them to weep at the very thought of their parents' "Greatest Generation" age cohort. On the scale of things I don't like about the boomers (mortgaging my generation out with the federal debt, outsourcing my generation's career tracks to fatten themselves, obsessive nostalgia and their feeling American culture stopped in '78, etc.) this rates rather low.

But is this book cover necessary?

Yes, yes. Heroism in WWII and all that (I'll keep the snark low about it really being the Soviet's victory). But Homer? I though the real horror of the World Wars was exactly how mass-produced, and not heroic, it was – it involves firebombings and suicide planes and factory production and nuclear warfare and mass conscription. There's no beauty of Achilles' shield being crafted by the gods, but someone handing you a rifle as you get off a boat.

I can only assume there's a Odyssey cover on its way of the current Iraq conflict, with a group of solider wandering around a hostile land just trying not to get killed and get the fuck home.

God I hate Greatest Generation nostalgia. And the boomers.

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2 Responses to “Classical, Modern.”

  1. Ed Says:

    I would love to have been a fly on the wall in the publishing company's conference room when that cover was chosen.

    It was clearly one person who had actually read and understood the Iliad trying to argue with 20 marketing people talking about key demographics.

  2. J. Dryden Says:

    How about a picture of Bush grinning under the Mission Accomplished banner for the cover of the ODYSSEY–kind of sets the right tone of horrible irony, yes?