The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

November 8, 2017
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Memoir, Chapter 1

Oh, Batman. (Zachary Kanin for The New Yorker). 

September 29, 2017
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It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged…

Tom’s new book, Baking with Kafka, is now available in the UK from Canongate Books, and in the US and Canada from D+Q next month.

September 21, 2017
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No Offense!

Argentinian cartoonist Liniers celebrating Steven King’s birthday today: (I think it roughly translates as “I’m reading a scary book. ‘It’ by Stephen King… It’s about a clown monster with pointed teeth that appears to a chil… No offense!”)

September 5, 2017
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At Least She’s Reading

Another back to school appropriate comic, this time by J.A.K. (AKA Jason Adam Katzenstein) for The New Yorker: 

August 28, 2017
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A Cocoon Over There!

‘A Cocoon Over There!’ is a lovely cartoon about going back to school by Argentinian cartoonist Liniers for the New York Times Book Review: Liniers has a new kids book out this fall from Toon Books called Goodnight, Planet.

July 21, 2017
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The Only Place You Can Get a Decent Cup of Coffee

Tom Gauld for New Scientist. 

May 16, 2017
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Poets with Cellphones

Stephen Collins for The Guardian. 

April 13, 2017
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Dystopia

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

March 31, 2017
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Talking Coffee

I related to Twisted Doodles comics about talking coffee a little too much… 

March 20, 2017
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Will You Help Us Destroy the Evil Galactic Empire?

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. (I’m working on my sardonically witty literary novel as we speak.)

March 3, 2017
by Dan
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Books

Modern Toss (This is a little too close to the bone)

February 10, 2017
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The Martian Invasion of 1894

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. 

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