The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

January 10, 2014
by Dan

Child’s Play: Blockbuster Movies, Comics and Superheroes

At, Alexander Hul has an interesting piece on self-indulgent movie directors and the degeneration of blockbusters: Artists certainly are allowed to make films that only satisfy their own creative pursuits. But blockbusters—more than any other kind of film—are conceived … Continue reading

January 8, 2009
by Dan
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Having already called “bullshit” on the Long Tail, Professor Anita Elberse argues that recent acquisitions by Hachette’s Grand Central and Little, Brown & Co. show publishers will continue to make “outrageous” bids for new books despite the recession in (a … Continue reading

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