The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

November 11, 2016
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The Wall

Bob Staake for The New Yorker. 

February 8, 2016
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Mirror by Chris Ware

I have to confess that I frequently find This American Life kind of irritating, but this collaboration with Chris Ware and The New Yorker to create an animated magazine cover is neat: The animation was done by Ware and John Kuramoto. You can read … Continue reading

November 11, 2015
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Christoph Niemann’s Coffee Break

Christoph Niemann for The New Yorker.

October 13, 2015
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Recognition

Adrian Tomine’s latest cover for The New Yorker. Adrian’s new book, Killing and Dying, is out now.

August 12, 2015
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Françoise Mouly: No House Style

It’s Nice That has a great interview with the remarkable Françoise Mouly, co-founder of comics anthology Raw, editorial director of TOON Books, and, of course, art editor at The New Yorker: “One of the things we had at Raw which I … Continue reading

August 3, 2015
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Joost Swarte’s “Summer Adventures”

“Cartooning has an edge on all other media. You don’t need anything else such as canvas and paint, or camera and actors: the road to expression is only a sheet of paper and a pencil away.” A new Joost Swarte … Continue reading

May 3, 2014
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Richard Turley: Mission Accomplished

In what is possibly his last interview as Creative Director of Bloomberg Businessweek, Richard Turley talks to Gestalten.tv about his work, and the magazine he has helped shape for last 4 years: In April, Turley announced that he was leaving … Continue reading

December 4, 2013
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Barbara Epstein, David Levine, and Graydon Carter on Magazine Publishing

Monday’s edition of CBC Radio show Ideas featured Michael Enright in conversation with the New York Review of Book‘s co-founder Barbara Epstein, caricaturist David Levine, and long-time Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter: CBC Radio IDEAS: Barbara Epstein/David Levine/Graydon Carter mp3

November 22, 2013
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Françoise Mouly: “Can I just show you, and not have to tell?”

At the L.A. Review of Books Sarah Boxer interviews Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker and the editorial director of Toon Books: At RAW, I felt I was the advocate for white space. There’s a certain kind of comic esthetic that is … Continue reading

September 19, 2013
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Wyatt Mitchell on The New Yorker Redesign

The New Yorker‘s creative director, Wyatt Mitchell, discusses the magazine’s update of  their whimsical font Irvin, and some of the other recent design changes at the magazine: You can read more about the magazine’s subtle redesign at The New York Times: Many … Continue reading

July 11, 2013
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Remembering the NYRB Mailroom and Edward Gorey’s Keds

At  the New York Review of Books blog, Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, reminisces about his time at the magazine: The scale of the office was intimate and I sat right in the … Continue reading

June 5, 2013
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The Master Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Port magazine has just made Lynn Hirschberg’s interview with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson from their Spring issue available on online: “The Master is not supposed to be a riddle,” he said, when I asked him if he intentionally made the film … Continue reading

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