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Ad Celebrity Book List: Jay Giesen

Posted on February 24, 2010 and read 4,254 times

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Around this time last year, ihaveanidea created an extensive user survey to find out what our community liked and didn’t like about the site, and we used that info to create an all-new ihaveanidea. One of the things we learned is that while most of our users were indifferent about our old Literature section, they rather enjoyed its “Ad Celebrity Book List”, where CDs and other ad people shared their ten favorite books of all time.

So as the old O’Jays song goes, “got to give the people, give the people what they want.” Re-introducing the Ad Celebrity Book List!

First up to bat, Jay Giesen, Executive Creative Director at Brunner. So Jay, what’s on your bookshelf?


On my living room table…



566 1 Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenTHE R. CRUMB HANDBOOK – R Crumb & Peter Poplaski

He’s been called the founder of the underground Comix movement, but I first discovered his work through album covers. Yes, I said albums.

Brilliantly disturbed, brutally honest. Fritz the Cat, Keep on Truckin’,Mr Natural, they’re all iconic 60s and 70s imagery.


twoo Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenTHE WORLD WITHOUT US – Alan Weisman

Really interesting concept – Examine the impact mankind has on this planet by imagining the Earth without us. Incredibly in-depth in his scientific research and at the same time a story well told. Reminded me of a trip to Nagasaki I took years ago. I was struck by how beautiful Ground Zero had become and how uplifting it was to know what a remarkable capacity this world has to heal itself.


untroddengrapes Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenUNTRODDEN GRAPES – Ralph Steadman

Gonzo art and great wines of the world.
May sound weird, and it is Steadman after all, but it works.


charlottes web Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenCHARLOTTE’S WEB – E.B. White

My Mother just sent me this. An early 50′s edition that was mine as a child. Some interesting artwork added by my own hand 40 plus years ago.


On my night stand…



heat bill buford Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenHEAT: AN AMATEUR’S ADVENTURES AS KITCHEN SLAVE, LINE COOK, PASTA-MAKER, AND APPRENTICE TO A DANTE-QUOTING BUTCHER IN TUSCANY – Bill Buford

The author is the former fiction editor for The New Yorker. He gives up his day job to ‘study’ cooking by working the kitchen in Maro Batali’s Restaurant Babbo’s. Very well done, he tells the great tale of food. I found myself finding many striking similarities to our business.


the perfect mile frontcover small loom0pzanht3bku Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenTHE PERFECT MILE: THREE ATHLETES, ONE GOAL, AND LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES TO ACHIEVE IT - Neal Bascomb

True story of the race to break the 4-minute mile. Three amazing athletes pulled together by desire, talent and fate. A bit sad that history and most of us only remember one, Roger Banister.


3574cover Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenTHE DESIGN OF DISSENT: SOCIALLY AND POLITICALLY DRIVEN GRAPHICS – Milton Glaser, Mirko Ilic & Tony Kushner

This is a great compilation of posters from the 1960s through today. It really shows the power of design as a social and cultural voice to generations.


031673563901lzzzzzzz Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenTHE PUNCH: ONE NIGHT, TWO LIVES, AND THE FIGHT THAT CHANGED BASKETBALL FOREVER  - John Feinstein

One of my favorite sports writers on the amazing changes in the lives and careers of two men and the game of basketball itself in one of the worst incidents in NBA history.


riddley Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenRIDDLEY WALKER (EXPANDED EDITION) – Russell Hoban

A post-apocalyptic world 2000 years in the future set in England with puppets.
Well told, well thought out story through first person narrator Riddley.
This book has had quite a following since it was first published in 1980
and I now understand why, you know the puppets and all.


In my bag and finishing reading right now…



special topics in calamity physics Ad Celebrity Book List:  Jay GiesenSPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS – Marisha Pessl

Debut novel for Pessl. Narrated by Blue, a student who travels around the country with/and because of her Dad. I guess you could call it a mystery, certainly a good read.









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