The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 25, 2017
by Dan
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Gerhard Steidl is Making Books an Art Form

Rebecca Mead’s long profile of publisher Gerhard Steidl for The New Yorker is a wonderful, fascinating read: Each Steidl title is unique, printed with a bespoke combination of inks and papers. But to the informed eye, and the informed hand, … Continue reading

March 27, 2014
by Dan
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Mourning Local Bookstores

Writing for the New York Times, Julie Bosman recently looked at how surging rents are forcing bookstores from Manhattan: The closings have alarmed preservationists, publishers and authors, who said the fading away of bookstores amounted to a crisis that called for … Continue reading

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