The artist, Molly Crabapple in conversation with Matt Taibbi and David Burr Gerrard from THE AWL, discussing the cover art:
Crabapple: This looks fucking sweet. … The gravitas and the meat grinder. One of the things that Matt keeps coming back to in the book is that, for all we might want to think that the justice system is grand and objective, for a lot of people it’s just this rigged meat grinder that has no relation to justice at all, while for other people, who are wealthy, they can pretty much do anything and they’re fine. So I wanted to capture this evil tick-tock lady of justice who’s grinding people into pulp.
Burr Gerrard: Though she’s still blind.
Crabapple: She’s a machine. She doesn’t need to see.
Crabapple: I couldn’t sell to this one guy. I couldn’t imagine something that I put so much energy into living in that guy’s house and hanging out with him every day. It felt creepy. He wanted to buy this piece [the original of The Divide cover].
Did he know the story behind the piece?
Crabapple: No, he thought it was patriotic. He said: “I love Americana.”
All three of us laugh for quite a while.
I guess it is Americana, of a kind.
Taibbi: Reverse Americana.