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Announcing the Winner of Our Tote Contest!

June 14, 2012 | by

Last night, our kickoff event at the Strand was red-letter. We laughed (at Amy Warren’s masterful channeling of Dorothy Parker), we cried (at Wallace Shawn’s interpretation of Denis Johnson’s “Car-Crash While Hitchhiking”), and we marveled at the winner of our Strand-Paris Review tote-bag design contest (submitted by Houston’s Roque Strew). Did all the free wine have anything to do with these emotional reactions? We prefer to believe it was due to the overwhelming talent!



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  1. mallika | June 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    yeah roque!!! you are the talentedest

  2. carlos | June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    your shitting me right? i thought you were cool paris review. you selected as a winner a fucking graphic design blow job (just put the logo fucking 20 times!) skyline/bookshelf, , Book/boat and you go for the thing that has you logo 16 times, uninspired and cacophonos (no offense whatsover to roque strew, it has great gestalt, nice spacing, decent colors and im hopping Roque is mature enough to know a critique is not an attack on his being,) what a dissapointment….still love the magazine

  3. Josias | June 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Agree with Carlos, you had amazing submissions previous to this one. What a bummer! Stil love the magazine as well.

  4. Roque | June 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Haha, oh, no guys I don’t take it personally at all! Those other entries were fantastic. Maybe I can explain my approach just a bit: my submission actually wasn’t a repeated pattern, but just one instance of the bird-in-oval. The idea was to merge the Strand logo and the Paris Review logo in a pruned, minimal way by removing all text from the Strand logo and simply perching William Pène du Bois’s original 1953 hadada ibis on the outline (instead of on a fountain pen). And my oval was pretty big. So you could say my submission savored of the aforementioned intimate act more than the final design did. My nickname is B.J., though, so this may all have been foreordained. 🙂

    Immaturely yours,

  5. Yaoska | June 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Agree with Carlos! Poor choice!

  6. Roque | July 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Yaoska, how could you!

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