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 25, 2016
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Innovations for the Modern Novelist

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. Who needs people?

July 15, 2016
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The Fourth Horsemen

Stephen Collins for The Guardian:

January 2, 2016
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#Alchemists

Tom Gauld for The New Scientist.

December 10, 2015
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Update

Pretty much. YA covers for 2015 coming soon. (Cartoon by Bruce Eric Kaplan for The New Yorker)

October 16, 2015
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Metamorphosis

Kaamran Hafeez for The New Yorker.

June 17, 2015
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Rise of the Robots

Writing at the MIT Technology Review, David Rotman looks at the impact of automation and digital technology on jobs with reference to a number of recent books related to the subject including Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin … Continue reading

April 9, 2015
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Apple Announces Revolution

Jean Jullien

March 25, 2015
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The Shiny Surface of Jonathan Ive

My ‘longreads’ to-read list is as bad, if not worse, than the pile of books I have to read right now, so it’s taken me until today to get to that very, very long New Yorker profile of Jonathan Ive, the … Continue reading

February 26, 2015
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How The New York Times Works

In a fascinating piece for Popular Mechanics, Reeves Wiedeman looks at how the New York Times gets made in 2015. It’s interesting how their graphics department has evolved in the past few years: The Times employs approximately 1,300 journalists, a classification that … Continue reading

February 24, 2015
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Ten Good Reasons the Book is Important

Over at Design Observer, writer Timothy Young gives 10 reasons why the book is still important. Number seven is that it is an object fixed in time: “A book can tell us about its status in history. If we look through first editions of Moby … Continue reading

February 24, 2015
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Jesse and the Typewriter Shop

Related to yesterday’s post on Gramercy Typewriter Co. in New York, here’s a short film about U.S. Office Machines, one of the last remaining typewriter repair shops in Los Angeles: (Thanks Sam!)

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