The Casual Optimist

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March 17, 2016
by Dan
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The Custodian of Forgotten Books

In a lovely piece for The New Yorker, Daniel A. Gross talks to blogger Brad Bigelow, the man behind the Neglected Books, about rediscovering forgotten literature: Most novels are forgotten. Glance at the names of writers who were famous in the nineteenth century, … Continue reading

July 25, 2012
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

A long interview with Darwyn Cooke about his latest Donald Westlake/Richard Stark adaptation, The Score (out this week if you’re interested). Shadows and Fog — Jimmy Stamp on Batman and architecture, for ArchDaily: Since its inception, Gotham City has been presented as the embodiment … Continue reading

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