SLIDESHOW: Writers in underpants
On a recent afternoon, in the middle of some research for an upcoming book, I fell down a Google rabbit hole and landed on a Polish blog post with the delightful title (according to Google Translate) “Writers in underpants.” You might expect to find Ernest Hemingway or Truman Capote in such a gallery, but who knew there were shirtless photos of Franz Kafka? Or Melville House author Imre Kertész? What other surprises could be found out there?
It’s a hard job, but someone had to do it, so I conducted my own survey. Now, as we bid farewell to yet another all-too-short beach season, here’s our own look back at the best in bookish beefcake.
William Carlos Williams
Ernest Hemingway with Jean Patchett
W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Christopher Isherwood
Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky
Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady
William S. Burroughs
Jonathan Ames, on his own book cover
Christopher King is the Art Director of Melville House.