BookFinds has a fun post on the”10 Best Changes of a Novel’s Title”. My favorite is #5…
5. Originally, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was titled “Catch-18? but the year that he was going to publish his novel, Leon Uris published a novel about German-occupied Warsaw called Mila 18, so Heller had to pick another number.
I mean, who would have thought that the 22 was such an arbitrary choice? I bet I heard three people this week refer to something as a Catch-22. Which just seems better than Catch-18, with the double digit and all. Have a good weekend!
Designer Saul Bass was BIG a few decades ago (think Vertigo and the original AT&T logo) and his influence can still be found in book covers today. Here is a short video a design student worked up, imagining “what if Saul Bass had been tapped to do the now iconic Star Wars title sequence. I think the fonts and titles are spot on and “very Bass”. It’s all pretty cool (though I’m not sure about the music).
And I wish I could get it to embed, but we seem to be having problems, so you’ll have to click on through, if you want to watch. Sorry. Once there you’ll be able to see the other films Bass’s brush has been applied to.