The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

October 26, 2016
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Proofreader’s Marks

Grant Snider.

September 17, 2016
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New Lines

A new comic from Grant Snider.

August 18, 2016
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Thank You for Sending Us Your Manuscript

Edward Steed for The New Yorker.

June 20, 2016
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Punctuation

Grant Snider has drawn a lovely series of cartoons on punctuation for The New Yorker.      

June 3, 2016
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How To Be a Bad Writer

Tom Gauld for The Guardian, inspired by this piece on what makes bad writing bad by Toby Litt.

May 31, 2016
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Find Your Stories in the Dirt

I mentioned Andrew F. Sullivan’s piece on High-Rise last week, and I recently spoke to the author about his own novel WASTE, and about influence of David Lynch on his writing in a Q & A for Publishers Group Canada: Initially, … Continue reading

May 28, 2016
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Title Fight

At The Paris Review blog, author Tony Tulathimutte (PRIVATE CITIZENS) considers how the titles of books get chosen: Every literary generation has its naming conventions, and it’s as hard to imagine the sixty-five-word original title for Robinson Crusoe passing muster … Continue reading

May 28, 2016
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Less Common Villains

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

April 9, 2016
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Grammar Wars

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

April 2, 2016
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Comma Queen: The Illustrious Ampersand

Comma Queen Mary Norris takes a quick look at the origins of the beloved ampersand for The New Yorker:

February 24, 2016
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“Awesome” is the New “Massive”

The New Yorker‘s ‘Comma Queen’ Mary Norris considers (mis)use of the words “massive” and “awesome”:

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