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How to Live on Love


The paperback pulp romance—birthed in the 1930s, but arguably at its height during the middle of the century— exists at a unique intersection of smut and chastity. How to Live on Love dives into the peculiar and unexplored typography of the romance and erotic paperback genre. This riso-printed compendium features an essay on the history and design of romance novels, as well as a wide assortment of lettering samples pulled from erotic pulp covers spanning 1950-1980. 

This publication was produced in collaboration with Elizabeth Goodspeed as part of the 2022 Design Director in Residence program.

32 pages
8.25" x 9.5”
2-Color Risograph printing
Diecut cover with hand-sewn red binding


Ships on March 14, 2023