This cover has an intriguing mix of figurative illustration, graphic effect, and a very strong iconography. The bar on the right reminds me of some of the classic novels from the 1960s, as does the font. The upward slant of the title and other words almost keeps me off balance, and that’s probably the purpose. Of course, the limited color scheme is strong. The red and green are opposite colors on the color wheel, so they work well to balance. The ‘picador’ in the corner confuses me, though, especially it’s placement sideways. I also think mentioning the NYT twice on the cover is overkill.