The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

June 28, 2016
by Dan
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Some Advice on How to Cope in These Tough Times

Tom Gauld. (I don’t think I’ve posted this before have I? It seems timely nonetheless).

June 20, 2016
by Dan
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“What a Silly Idea”

Tom Gauld on women leads in spy fiction for The Guardian. See also, people of colour in fantasy films.

June 3, 2016
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How To Be a Bad Writer

Tom Gauld for The Guardian, inspired by this piece on what makes bad writing bad by Toby Litt.

May 28, 2016
by Dan
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Less Common Villains

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

May 16, 2016
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Rogue Bibliophile

Tom Gauld‘s cartoon on the future for book lovers for The Guardian this weekend. Tom also did the cover and interior illustration in this weekend’s Guardian Review for an article on plot by John Mullan.

April 28, 2016
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Jane Eyre Uncovers Mister Rochester’s Secrets

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

March 22, 2016
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Lead the Autobiographical Novelist to the Literary Prize

Tom Gauld on Karl Ove Knausgaard for The Guardian.

February 3, 2016
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War and Peace Clickbait

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

June 12, 2015
by Dan
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Dear Araucaria

The Rev John Graham, better known as Araucaria, set the Guardian’s cryptic crossword for 55 years. In December 2012, Araucaria announced that he was dying of cancer through a series of clues in a crossword. In this short film, Graham talks … Continue reading

November 29, 2014
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Books of the Year by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld‘s cover for The Guardian Review‘s books of the year issue.

November 14, 2014
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Ulysses by Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins, who is the author of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, wrote about the agonizing process of drawing his weekly comic strip for The Guardian newspaper here: When I think about making comics, I think of deep vein thrombosis. I don’t think … Continue reading

November 17, 2011
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Terence Conran: The Way We Live Now

The Guardian architecture and design critic Jonathan Glancey talks to 80-year-old design doyen and entrepreneur Terence Conran about his work and a new exhibition at the Design Museum celebrating his contribution to British design: Interestingly, Habitat, the store Conran opened in 1964, … Continue reading

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