The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 2, 2016
by Dan
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Chris Jackson: Building a Literary Movement

New York Times Vinson Cunningham profiles Chris Jackson, executive editor at Spiegel & Grau and editor of award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates: Jackson’s role… is to perform nothing less than a kind of magic. He stands between the largely white culture-making machinery and artists … Continue reading

April 28, 2015
by Dan
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Superhero Comics and The Tyranny of Pew-Pew

Ta-Nehisi Coates, who writes so compellingly about culture and politics for The Atlantic, talks to Vulture about superheroes and his love of (Marvel) comics: Comic books aren’t perfect, but listen: In the 1980s, Marvel had a black woman — not … Continue reading

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