The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

April 4, 2017
by Dan
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The Last London

The London Review of Books has a brilliant, sprawling, melancholy essay by author and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair titled ‘The Last London’. It’s difficult to know what to quote from the essay as it touches on so many interesting, diverse things, but this … Continue reading

May 28, 2013
by Dan
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In London’s darkness, and my tears fall

At the London Review of Books, writer Iain Sinclair reviews ‘London Lanscapes’, an exhibition of Leon Kossoff’s drawings at Annely Juda Fine Art, London: I was thrown off-balance by the intense energy of these marks: the dashes, counter-strokes, over-reaching arcs, … Continue reading

May 18, 2011
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

Juggling — The multi-tasking Charlotte Strick,  art editor of The Paris Review, art director at Faber & Faber and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and book designer,  interviewed at From The Desk Of… Genre — China Miéville, on his new book … Continue reading

February 18, 2010
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

EndGrain — A “directory and aggregator for wood type and letterpress works and information on the web.” Lovely. Crash — Iain Sinclair (author, most recently, of Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire — just out in paperback by the way) on JG … Continue reading

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