«Mike dear, a present ought not to be very expensive – unless you are trying to get a girl to marry you, or something. Especially ‘something’.
But a present should show that you thought about it and considered that person’s tastes. Something he would enjoy but probably would not buy for himself.»
«Stranger In A Strange Land» by Robert A. Heinlein
I really like xmas — the feast of giving. It’s usually a nice idea to be creative and find something … well, someone «would enjoy but probably would not buy for himself». This year, my brother did get something that he hopefully would like — a book on political correctness: «Es war doch gut gemeint: Wie Political Correctness unsere freiheitliche Gesellschaft zerstörte» [But it was well-intentioned … How political correctness destroyed our liberal society] by Daniel Ullrich and Sarah Diefenbach.
The book is actually pretty good, fairly well-balanced and fair. But it also was lacking something — the right cover.
So, giving he did judge a prior book by its cover (or rather, by its author), I thought about putting a false dust-jacket on the book. Giving his … attitude on the American president, the topic was also clear. So I created the following cover (just with some material found online, it’s a joke-gift after all):
During the creation of the cover I also thought about going the Hillary route. She did write a book, but it could have done with a few improvements. So I did that one too (using her book cover as a template).
In the end, I ended up with two fake covers. Both done with InDesign (which I afterwards vowed never to use again due to Adobe’s price policy and the programs sudden instability). The Hillary one was carefully fixed with some tape on the hardcover book (which did not have a dust jacket). Then it just put the Trump cover around it.
And it worked beautifully. Granted, the MAGA hat might have put him off guard (he really liked it as joke-gift), but he was fooled by both false covers.
So, who says you can’t have fun with politics at xmas? 🙂
(Granted, he thinks I am just joking about Trump … so it’s better to keep politics relatively superficial …)
But anyway, happy xmas and happy new year 🙂