The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

July 18, 2012
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

Midnight Cowboy — Andy Martin, author of The Boxer and the Goalkeeper, on Sartre and Camus in New York: When Sartre stepped off the plane in New York in January 1945, only months after the liberation of Paris, his head … Continue reading

April 28, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Defending the Unusual — Designer Allison Saltzman, art director at Ecco,  interviewed at Caustic Cover Critic: Everywhere else I’ve worked, the books’ content still informs the cover design, but the overall aesthetic is subject to the publisher’s (and their art … Continue reading

November 24, 2010
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

Some lovely vintage French book covers on Flickr, courtesy of Alexis Orloff (via Words & Eggs). Cultural Change — A really interesting analysis of the current state of publishing by John B. Thompson, author of Merchants of Culture, at The … Continue reading

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