New York City

SPY: The Funny Years

A smart, fun, funny, and fearless trip down memory lane. By Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, and George Kalogerakis

A 20th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking satirical magazine. Alex, who at one time was Spy’s Art Director, was excited about having the chance to go through his basement and pull out stuff from 20 years before to include in the book.

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"[Spy]was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all." — Dave Eggers
"It’s a piece of garbage." – Donald Trump
"If you (a) miss the ironic 1980s and/or (b) are curious about the origins of 75% of the conventions of contemporary magazine design, this amusing book, beautifully designed as you’d expect by Alex Isley, will more than satisfy." — Michael Bierut, Design Observer

Alexander Isley
Hayley Capodilupo

The Herb Lubalin Study Center
of Design and Typography

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