The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 4, 2014
by Dan
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Pete Seeger & Llewyn Davis

Leo Braudy, author of Trying to Be Cool: Growing Up in the 1950s, on the late Pete Seeger and the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, at the LA Review of Books: Llewyn is the solitary fame seeker, doomed to … Continue reading

December 17, 2013
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Luc Sante on Inside Llewyn Davis

The excellent Luc Sante reviews Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brother’s movie about a Greenwich Village folk singer, for the New York Review Books: Then again, it could be said that historical fiction, like science fiction, is really always about the present. … Continue reading

June 29, 2011
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

Cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld chats with the Angry Robot blog: I find [robots] almost endlessly interesting. There is tragedy in their place between sentient beings and disposable products. And … they are much easier to draw than real people. … Continue reading

January 13, 2011
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True Grit

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen recently discussed their movie adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel True Grit with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air: Most of the dialogue is taken from the book, direct from the book. And in places where … Continue reading

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