The Casual Optimist

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April 30, 2018
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Living with a Genius

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

April 18, 2018
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Olivia Laing on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

I am about a month late to this, but Oliver Laing (author of books you should read), wrote about Daphne Du Maurier, and the strangeness of her bestselling novel Rebecca, for The Guardian:   Rebecca has a disturbingly circular structure, a closed … Continue reading

February 21, 2018
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Questions from the Audience

  By Tom Gauld for The Guardian, of course. This has happened at pretty much every event I’ve ever attended at a book festival. 

February 27, 2017
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The Rise of Roxane Gay

At Brooklyn magazine, Molly McArdle profiles Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State, Bad Feminist and, most recently, Difficult Women:  “What more could I say that I haven’t already said?” Gay asks in an conversation about publishing and diversity we had via email last … Continue reading

October 17, 2016
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The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

Julie Phillips long profile of author Ursula K. Le Guin for The New Yorker is wonderful: Starting in the nineteen-eighties, [Le Guin] published some of her most accomplished work—fiction that was realist, magic realist, postmodernist, and sui generis. She wrote the Borgesian feminist parable “She … Continue reading

September 26, 2016
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Drafts of the Novel

Tom Gauld for The New Yorker. Tom’s new graphic novel Mooncop is out now.

August 22, 2016
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Bookworm: Tom McCarthy on Satin Island

Author Tom McCarthy talks to Bookworm about his latest novel Satin Island: KCRW Bookworm: Tom McCarthy on Satin Island mp3 The rather splendid cover for the US paperback edition published earlier this year by Vintage (pictured above) was designed by John … Continue reading

May 4, 2016
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Author Health Hazards

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

October 13, 2015
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Recognition

Adrian Tomine’s latest cover for The New Yorker. Adrian’s new book, Killing and Dying, is out now.

September 3, 2015
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The Life of a Memoirist

Tom Gauld.

June 5, 2015
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All Characters Wait Here

Mr. Tom Gauld

June 24, 2014
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Authors’ Cocktails

I didn’t see this weekend’s Guardian, but I assume Tom‘s cartoon is in reference to Olivia Laing’s article about 20th century female writers who drank, a follow-up to her excellent book The Trip to Echo Spring, which examines the link between creativity and … Continue reading

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