Oct 22

Is that a... yep... it really is... wow...Click for full image

Scott B Comments: It looks like there’s some serious industrial-grade symbolism happening on this cover, but I have no idea what it is. An albino woman with some sort of aboriginal figure superimposed (or inside her?) surrounded by Fire (and with weird fiery-squiggle aura around the woman) over a background of Earth and Water.  It feels like it should really mean something but…
Published 1972

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 8.52 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “The World’s Desire”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Carlos Castaneda wants his cover back.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You’d look like that, too, if it were wash day and an incandescent aboriginal was all you had to wear!

    The text at Project Gutenberg. I think the bird is supposed to be Helen of Troy, which might explain the burning city at lower left, but not the pollen grain at lower right.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Everybody now: Lucy in the sky with diamonds…

  4. Jaouad Says:

    Ancient Greece and Egypt. Now that explains the Kaaba at lower left.

  5. David Cowie Says:

    1) Font problems. Those E’s!
    2) Superimposed Dazzle Man clearly has a dangling penis.
    3) Does it say ADULT FANTASY around the unicorn’s head in top right? I can’t quite make it out.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    “Make sure to include a highly stylized representation of a man that has no distinguishing features besides a penis.”

  7. fred Says:

    His painting “Annunciation” was used as the Santana Abraxas album cover.

  8. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Unless that’s an albino that got shut in the walk-in freezer on the first day of a long weekend while wearing blue contacts, what i think we actually have here is some kind of generic “Fantasy Woman Who Is Special, Like From D&D Or Outer Space –You Know.”

  9. James Says:

    The word ‘desire’ is on the cover, and there are no visible boobies. They had to put a penis there… if that can be qualified as such.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Kate Moss on acid?

  11. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Oh yeah, I can see how the world’s desire would be translated into that picture…I personally would have gone with something a little more subtle though…like boobies :D

    Is it me, or do the flames around the lady look like those outlines of sitting naked ladies you find on the back of truck mud flaps?

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now we can see for certain that it’s “Burning MAN” Festival…

  13. The World's Tom Noir Says:

    The World’s Desire? Guess The World is kind of a perv.

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