You don’t need to be an artist to work in publishing, and you don’t need to be in publishing to work in DUMBO. But when you’re all of those things, you have the chance to finally confront the bane of all artists, publishers, New Yorkers, and anyone lucky/unlucky enough to be all of those things at once. I’m talking, of course, about nihilism.
The suspicion that maybe nobody listens, nobody cares, that maybe nothing you create or talk up impacts anyone, that maybe art is a lie and beauty is a superstition. And the fear that you may hit the point where you’re unable to extract more satisfaction from your art than the energy and hours it takes you to create it. Let’s call this nightmarish moment “Peak Bullshit”.
But when you’re the art director for a house of intensely focused and truly devoted publishing folks like us, you can kiss the spectre of Peak Bullshit goodbye. At Melville House your work is the guide and measurement for our readers; you’ll be working for a crew whose reputation for gorgeous and spiritually nourishing books is second to none. You can’t be new to the business; we’re looking for serious experienced applicants only. But what will be new for you are the opportunities that only we can offer, one of which is the chance to avoid Peak Bullshit once and for all.
Every one of us in the book business goes into it because we want to hold onto the idea that beauty’s a real thing and literature is more than just words on a page. Come show us you’re the same way.
They’re right about that Peak Bullshit moment … it happens to every designer and many of them never escape it. This sounds like a great gig and a great way to have a good time … ALL the time.