The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

October 17, 2016
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The Neighborhood Bookstore’s Unlikely Ally

The New York Times on the small independent bookstores making the most of social media and online sales: Undoubtedly, the bookselling industry is still digging out of a deep trough. Sales of physical books in physical stores were just $11 … Continue reading

July 15, 2016
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The Fourth Horsemen

Stephen Collins for The Guardian:

September 21, 2013
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Jonathan Franzen Says No

So good, Tom… So, so good.

November 9, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Expanded Original — Geoff Dyer, author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, on Penguin Modern Classics and the paintings used on their covers: The use of different paintings meant each book was a “modern classic” in its own particular … Continue reading

June 2, 2011
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Evgeny Morozov: The Internet in Society

In this RSA Animate video, Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion, takes a critical look at the role of the internet in global politics: (via Kirstin Butler)

March 23, 2011
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Picador Spring 2011 Covers

Picador have just posted all their Spring 2011 covers to Facebook. There’s some lovely work. Here are a few favourites: The Fever: Cover design by LeeAnn Falciani Watching the World Change: Cover design by Henry Sene Yee • Cover photograph … Continue reading

February 16, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Risky Business — Cartoonist Adrian Tomine talks about his new book Scenes From An Impending Marriage, which originally started life as a mini-comic for his wedding guests, with More Intelligent Life: I probably first started thinking about publishing it when … Continue reading

November 19, 2010
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The Bends

The Guardian has posted an transcript of this year’s Andrew Olle Lecture given by their editor Alan Rusbridger. The subject of his talk was “The Splintering of the Fourth Estate”, and even in its edited form, it is a long … Continue reading

September 28, 2010
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The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

Author Malcolm Gladwell on Twitter, Facebook, and social activism in the New Yorker: [Social media] is simply a form of organizing which favors the weak-tie connections that give us access to information over the strong-tie connections that help us persevere … Continue reading

September 10, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

A series of book cover design concepts for The Infamous Press by Norwegian graphic designer Morten Iveland (via IS050). Paid by the Joke — The enduring appeal of Keith Waterhouse’s Billy Liar in The Guardian: Billy Liar’s longevity is not … Continue reading

June 30, 2010
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The Slow Media Manifesto

Slow Media is a blog about literature, music, film, arts and entertainment. Here, re-posted with permission, is their Slow Media Manifesto: The first decade of the 21st century, the so-called ‘naughties’, has brought profound changes to the technological foundations of … Continue reading

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