The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 16, 2017
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Poets with Cellphones

Stephen Collins for The Guardian. 

July 4, 2016
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Let’s Not Play Frisbee With That Poet Anymore

Stephen Collins for The Guardian (and newly available as limited edition Giclee print from his shop).

April 3, 2016
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Poetic Justice

Grant Snider marks National Poetry Month for the New York Times.

February 3, 2016
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Jeff Shotts: Artful and Enduring Experiences

At Literary Hub,  Jeff Shotts discusses his work an editor at Minneapolis-based publisher Graywolf Press with Kerri Arsenault: At Graywolf, we choose what we choose because these books deal with uncomfortable issues. Sometimes we need comfort, but what comforts us as readers, when so … Continue reading

January 19, 2015
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50 Years Since the Great Poet’s Death

Tom Gauld‘s weekly strip is back in The Guardian.

April 15, 2014
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Graywolf and the Art of Independent Publishing

At Guernica Magazine, Jonathan Lee interviews Fiona McCrae, the publisher at American independent press Graywolf: Any day of the week you can see that the big publishers are publishing some great books… But I think sometimes the context they’re working … Continue reading

April 12, 2014
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Skydweller: A Portrait of London

Skydweller combines over 5,000 photographs of London taken from the top of Cromwell Tower, one of the three residential towers in the city’s Barbican Estate. The short film is accompanied by music specially composed by Tom Rosenthal and poetry by … Continue reading

April 30, 2013
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Day Jobs of Poets by Grant Snider

  The new comic from Grant Snider, ‘The Day Jobs of Poets’, comes with the following disclaimer: “there’s no evidence that Emily Dickinson liked cats, but her sister Lavinia was cat-obsessed. So Emily must have been forced to cat-sit occasionally.” … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
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Meeting John Berger

A beautifully shot portrait of English art critic, writer, artist and philosopher John Berger by filmmaker Jos de Putter: Berger is probably best known for his BBC TV series and book, Ways of Seeing.

April 11, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

A.S. Byatt by reviews Peter Carey’s latest novel The Chemistry of Tears for the Financial Times. Also at the FT: Jennie Erdal, author of The Missing Shade of Blue, on philosophical novels: The more novels I read at university, the more I … Continue reading

March 16, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Tim Maughan on the influence of  the Jean Giraud on science fiction for Tor.com: [The] combination of neon-lit noir streets, cramped towering city blocks, airborne traffic jams and scruffy characters seems almost a cliche today. But this was the first … Continue reading

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