When I give tours of the Candide show, which closes this weekend, I love pointing out the hand-colored Rockwell Kent edition, the first book published by Random House in 1928. In an interview that plays in the gallery, NYPL president Paul LeClerc points out that the Random House icon of a cottage is the house where Candide and co. settle to cultivate their garden at the end of the book. It makes me laugh that this note on the show from the LA Times blog is most impressed with the trivia angle about the icon (thanks to Ross).
Is this, as the good Dr. Pangloss would posit, the best of all possible worlds?
No, perhaps not. But for an ardent fan of philosophy and tracker of trivia, for a few hours in Midtown Manhattan, it came awfully close.