The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

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

July 23, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

The cover for The Disappearing Spoon designed by the amazing Will Staehle. To quote Tal Goretsky at Book Covers Anonymous:  “Holy Mother God!”. Apparently it’s printed on uncoated paper. You can see some of Tal’s own rather nice design work … Continue reading

October 19, 2009
by Dan
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Less is More…

Poets & Writers magazine have just published the final installment of Jofie Ferrari-Adler’s series of interviews with publishing professionals. The last interview in this excellent series is with Jonathan Karp, publisher and editor in chief of Hachette‘s remarkably successful Twelve … Continue reading

May 29, 2009
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Something for Weekend, May 29th, 2009

Hard-boiled — New designs for Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer books by Joe Montgomery seen at FaceOut Books. I know I link to FaceOut just about every other week, but it’s an awesome site and the juxaposition of images in this … Continue reading

February 21, 2009
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Something for the Weekend, Feb 21th, 2009

Corpoetics — The text from the websites of  “well-known brands and corporations” remixed and rearranged into strangely engaging and enigmatic poetry by Nick Asbury (photo above from Ace Jet 170). I rather like the one taken from Scottish Widows: Here … Continue reading

November 17, 2008
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Monday Miscellany

A bolt of electricity: PW polls publishers on the challenges and opportunities facing their digital publishing programs. It’s a fascinating glimpse of where the likes of Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin are heading… A must read I would … Continue reading

November 3, 2008
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Monday Miscellany, Nov 3rd, 2008

The extraordinarily cool binding for Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi (Ubu the King), a collaboration between bookbinder Mary Reynolds and Marcel Duchamp, as seen at blog.rightreading (pictured). Editor Chuck Adams interviewed in the November Poets & Writers Magazine. A very interesting–albeit … Continue reading

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