The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

January 12, 2011
by Dan

Midweek Miscellany

Canadian illustrator and typographer Darren Booth at From The Desks Of… There’s on more on Darren’s cover for An Object of Beauty on his blog. Misery — Editor and author Diana Athill profiled at The Telegraph (via PD Smith): ‘I … Continue reading

December 31, 2010
by Dan

Favourite New Books of 2010

Ducking in just under the wire, here is my list of favourite of new books of the year. It’s not meant to represent the “best” of 2010. Rather, it’s a completely unscientific, very subjective list of books (arranged in alphabetical … Continue reading

December 23, 2010
by Dan

A Year in Reading 2010

2010 was a year of losing battles and one of the first casualties was time for personal reading. The moments I did have were snatched on the subway and, if I could keep my eyes open, last thing at night. … Continue reading

January 8, 2010
by Dan


I really don’t know why smart people make predictions. Surely one of the lessons of the last couple of years is that experts are actually very, very bad at making predictions — or rather, they are good at making predictions, … Continue reading

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