The Washington Post calls Adam Mansbach's Rage Is Back a "fresh, witty novel . . . Laced with zaniness and cultural bling." The Wall Street Journal says it's "Exuberant . . . [with] a wild-style collage form." So how to cover all that energy? Here's Adam with the story:

"My original idea was to do the book title as a graffiti piece - full color, stylized but readable - on the outside of a moving, elevated subway train, with a New York City background. Basically, to recreate one of Martha Cooper's iconic images from the book Subway Art. She captured the trains framed against their natural environment, which made the art really pop and also drove home how organic a part of the city it was. (Subway Art is a collaboration between Martha and Henry Chalfant, who comes from a fine arts background, not a journalistic one like Martha; he shot the trains like art objects, with the environments cut away. The way the two approaches play off each other is one of the things that makes the book great). I had one of her photos in particular in mind, a famous LIZZIE DUSTER train she caught snaking along an elevated track (below).



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