My Book Cover Avatars
Posted by Richard Conniff on February 14, 2011
I’ve just received a copy (cover at left) of the Japanese edition of Swimming With Piranhas at Feeding Time–My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals, and apparently the art department there imagines me as a muscular Cat Stevens type in a 1920s bathing suit. Previously, the U.S. paperback of The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (cover in middle) depicted me as a short-sighted Jewish anthropologist in a pith helmet, apparently specializing in the earwax of plutocrats. I am not complaining: The Chinese edition of The Ape in the Corner Office (cover at right) is an actual author photograph, during a thoughtful moment in my study.