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Chip Kidd

The Learners

Chip Kidd The Learners The Book After "the Cheese Monkeys
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Fresh out of college in the summer of 1961, Happy lands his first job as a graphic designer (okay, art assistant) at a small Connecticut advertising agency populated by a cast of endearing eccentrics. Life for Happy seems to be -- well, happy. But when he's assigned to design a newspaper ad recruiting participants for an experiment in the Yale Psychology Department, Happy can't resist responding to the ad himself. Little does he know that the experience will devastate him, forcing a reexamination of his past, his soul, and the nature of human cruelty -- chiefly, his own. Written in sharp, witty prose and peppered with absorbing ruminations on graphic design, The Learners again shows that Chip Kidd's writing is every bit as original, stunning, and memorable as his celebrated book jackets.

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‘’The Learners is witty and well observed as an office comedy, as a meditation on art and as a story of self-discovery...the book is packed with sharp insights....Kidd ultimately is a brilliant, self-aware designer and a clever writer.”

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“[Chip Kidd’s] fiction is just as smart and lively as the covers, typography and layout of the books he designs, which include this one.”

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“[Chip Kidd’s] fiction is just as smart and lively as the covers, typography and layout of the books he designs...swift, often funny and always intelligent.”

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“[The Learners] offers an enjoyable introduction to another world and a major writing talent....genuinely interesting...sympathetic characters, funny lines, a firm grasp of time and place, and a plot that makes surprising shifts without ever losing its way....[Chip Kidd is] an author to watch.”

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“A fascinating study of the shape and texture of words....Kidd’s transition from artist to author is natural and seamless....[The Learners is] humorous and insightful and full of amusingly accurate scenes from the early 1960s--right down to the three-martini lunches and pillbox hats.”

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“Always intriguing, this is a strange mixture of the frivolous and the disturbing.”

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“Amusing and thought-provoking.”

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“Arresting and hip....captivating.”

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“Chip Kidd, in his second novel, The Learners, repeats and evolves the typographical high jinks he gave us in The Cheese Monkeys....Kidd’s quirky approach to life is endearingly recognizable in its expression.”

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“Funny, insightful and even educational...quite witty.”

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“Iconic graphic designer Kidd coins a new genre—stylized sentimentalism (think AMC’s Mad Men without the bile)—to tell this tale of a creative naif’s aesthetic and emotional coming of age. . . . Grade: A”

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“Ingenious....The Learners seduces the reader through a deceptive manipulation of form and content: It’s a matryoshka, or stacking doll, that hides a startling, dark content. By the time we get to the end of the first of its three parts, we are dropped into a creepy, disturbing, sociopolitical satire.”

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“Kidd captures the predigital art department just right....[He] seamlessly weaves real-world detail into his fiction--brushed-aluminum office furniture, Jackie O. ensembles--while offering primers in typography and design tools.”

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“Kidd shares his deep knowledge of graphic design with his readers in inventive and generally delightful ways....His wit, astute observation, and compassion make The Learners that rarest of offerings--[an] immensely enjoyable“The novel stays firmly comic: quick and droll and sly. And, like Kidd’s previous novel, the most sparkling pages are when Happy and his colleagues discuss how to draw a straight line, or the ironically invisible power of typography.”


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