Scratch Off Reading List

Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune:

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“These are just a few of the many entertaining infographic posters produced by Pop Chart Lab, a Brooklyn-based company, founded by a book editor and a graphic designer, with a self-described “modest goal” of “rendering all of human experience in chart form.”

They’re a long way from charting everything. But the founders have seen to it that lots and lots of crucially important cultural data receive the Pop Chart Lab treatment. The Connected Characters of Seinfeld, for example, catalogs a cast of more than “230 close-talkers, anti-dentites, mimbos and more,” while the fanciful Infinite Baseball Fields of America maps the foul lines of every major league stadium in the U.S., letting them run to infinity (per novelist W.P. Kinsella’s observation that there’s no rule stating foul lines end at the outfield wall).

New this month: a special print for bibliophiles. The 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart is a reading list of literary classics from 1605 to present, from “Catch 22” to “Fahrenheit 451,” from “All the Kings Men” to “Invisible Man,” from “Heart of Darkness” to “The Heart of the Matter” to “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and beyond. Each book is depicted by a hand-drawn cover design. After you’ve read a book, you gently scratch off the gold foil to reveal another story-specific design detail hidden underneath. So much more satisfying than simply writing it down on paper! It’s also a great way to incentivize reading for young adults.

To order the print, pressed on 100-pound archival stock and mailed in a Pop Chart Lab test tube, visit It costs $35, sans frame.”

Stay Curious, and have a great summer! Keep Reading!

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