The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

October 26, 2016
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Proofreader’s Marks

Grant Snider.

February 27, 2016
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From Thomas Mann to Amazon — The Art of Literary Publishing in New York

The Millions has a long, but very interesting (and, at times, surprisingly blunt) essay by veteran Doubleday editor Gerald Howard on editing and literary publishing in New York: At the simplest, most basic level, I’ve been reading for a living … Continue reading

February 3, 2016
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Jeff Shotts: Artful and Enduring Experiences

At Literary Hub,  Jeff Shotts discusses his work an editor at Minneapolis-based publisher Graywolf Press with Kerri Arsenault: At Graywolf, we choose what we choose because these books deal with uncomfortable issues. Sometimes we need comfort, but what comforts us as readers, when so … Continue reading

February 2, 2016
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Chris Jackson: Building a Literary Movement

New York Times Vinson Cunningham profiles Chris Jackson, executive editor at Spiegel & Grau and editor of award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates: Jackson’s role… is to perform nothing less than a kind of magic. He stands between the largely white culture-making machinery and artists … Continue reading

April 13, 2015
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There’s no one saying, “You can’t do this in a book for children.”

The New York Times profiles Julie Strauss-Gabel, the publisher of Dutton Children’s Books: She became publisher of Dutton in 2011, and right away, it was clear this was going to be a different sort of imprint. She whittled down the list … Continue reading

April 20, 2014
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Angry Grammarian

One for the editors… Tom Gauld.

April 28, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Defending the Unusual — Designer Allison Saltzman, art director at Ecco,  interviewed at Caustic Cover Critic: Everywhere else I’ve worked, the books’ content still informs the cover design, but the overall aesthetic is subject to the publisher’s (and their art … Continue reading

February 11, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Steven Heller, editor of I Heart Design and author/editor of countless other books about design, at 10 Answers. And Steven Heller is one of the designers featured in BBC Radio documentary I Heart Milton Glaser about the iconic I (Heart) … Continue reading

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