Books and Bikinis Compared by the Cover

Often the most surprising similarities are the most wonderful. Kate Imbach, a former marketing executive and documentary filmaker created a Tumblr micro-blog Matchbook dedicated to matching book covers and bathing suits. The idea for the comparisons came when Imbach was on a recent vacation and noticed a women wearing a bikini that matched the book Imbach was reading. After seeing the connection on the beach, she decided to research famous book covers and bikinis to find more similarities between the two.

The result is elegant really. The juxtaposition of medium is softened by the overwhelming similarities between the suits and the covers. The two interrelated not only in color, but also in form, weight, and balance. Such is evident in the way the design of the Mikoh bikini plays with the cover of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

The two pieces, clothing and cover, play together in visual rhyme to create audacious couplings. To put simply: side-by-side, they look right.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Opening sentence: “All this happened, more or less.”

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Opening sentence: “At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S—-y Lane, walked out onto the street, and slowly, if indecisively, headed for K—-n Bridge.”

About a Mountain by John D’Agata
Opening sentence: “If you take the population of Las Vegas, Nevada, and you divide that number by the number of days in the year, there should be 5,000 people in the city and its suburbs with a birthday on the same day Las Vegas began.”

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Opening sentence: “In the corner of the first class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in The Times.”

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Opening sentence: “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.”

The Hidden Reality by Brian Green
Opening sentence: “If, when I was growing up, my room had only been adorned with a single mirror, my childhood daydreams might have been very different.”

I Was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Opening sentence: “As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I be killed during the day.”

The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness
Opening sentence: “In 1980s Romania, boredom was a state of extremity.”

State by State by Matt Weiland
Opening sentence: “In the summer of 1980, when I was nineteen, I worked as a $600-a-month intern at a government-funded poverty law center in Alabama, renting a matchbox house with two black law students at the edge of Mobile.”

True Believers by Kurt Anderson
Opening sentence: “My publishers signed me up a year ago to write a book, but not this book.”

Attribution, Kate Imbach

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