The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

March 20, 2013
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

WHAAM! — Comics historian Paul Gravett on Roy Lichtenstein’s appropriation from comics: Lichtenstein’s… success, his getting away with turning supposedly anonymous ‘found’ comic art into high-priced paintings, continues to directly encourage others to do the same. But there is a … Continue reading

December 9, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

An interview with designer Suzanne Dean, creative director at Random House UK,  in The Daily Telegraph: For this year’s Man Booker winner, Dean tried out, in her own estimation, about 20 different jackets. Working with the book’s themes of time and … Continue reading

July 29, 2011
by Dan
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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 6, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

60 Years of Innovation — The estimable John Self on publisher Peter Owen for The Guardian: It cannot simply be good luck that leads one man to publish such an embarrassingly long list of riches. Owen is clear that both “literary … Continue reading

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