The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 30, 2013
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Karen Berger: Mother of ‘The Weird Stuff’

“It’s the weird stuff… The stuff that makes you different.” The New York Times interviews Karen Berger, the former executive editor of Vertigo, whose departure from DC Comics has raised questions about the imprint’s future: When Ms. Berger joined DC … Continue reading

October 3, 2011
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Monday Miscellany

I’m sorry for the lack of a weekend post, but to make up for it, here is a Monday round-up to get your week started right… Owned — Josh Davis AKA DJ Shadow interviewed on the Intelligent Life blog: My … Continue reading

August 24, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Lumps of Language — John Sutherland reviews The Words of Others: From Quotations to Culture by Gary Saul Morson for Literary Review: We think of our use of language as ‘fluency’. There are, however, congealed lumps floating in it and, … Continue reading

August 15, 2011
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Grant Morrison | All Things Considered

Author and comics writer Grant Morrison talks about superheroes and his new book Supergods with NPR’s All Things Considered: NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED: Grant Morrison Supergods

July 29, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

A Period of Digestion — Music journalist and author Simon Reyolds talks about his new book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction To Its Own Past with the A.V. Club: [S]o much happened in the 20th century and things moved so fast, and … Continue reading

July 22, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Potential for Infection — A lovely essay by Alan Bennett on books, libraries, and bookcases, in the LRB: ‘Books Do Furnish a Room’, wrote Anthony Powell, but my mother never thought so and she’d always put them out of the … Continue reading

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