The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

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

Tom Gauld for New Scientist. 

March 31, 2017
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Talking Coffee

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

July 4, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

City Air Sets You Free — Mark Lamster interviews P.D. Smith about his new book City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, for Design Observer: It was never my intention to write an architectural history. Cities are much more than … Continue reading

January 26, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

The Backwards Novel Seen Backwards by Tom Gauld. I also love Tom’s Lost Fairy Tales for a promotional concertina booklet made by his agent Heart (surely there’s a full length book to be had here?). Ways of Reading from A … Continue reading

July 8, 2009
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Midweek Miscellany, July 8th, 2009

A-Type — The Independent has a nice look at book design and Faber & Faber’s Eighty Years of Book Cover Design by Joseph Connolly: You could argue that the current renaissance in book design came about thanks to Penguin, always … Continue reading

November 10, 2008
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Monday Miscellany, Nov 10th, 2008

Think, study, then post: David D. Perlmutter, author of Blogwars, discusses slow blogging on the Oxford University Press blog: “many of the bloggers I interviewed talked about the need to feed the blog that is, if you don’t put up … Continue reading

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