The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

November 8, 2017
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Memoir, Chapter 1

Oh, Batman. (Zachary Kanin for The New Yorker). 

May 25, 2017
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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

May 3, 2017
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Put Your Faith in Comics

At The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino profiles G. Willow Wilson, the writer behind Ms. Marvel, a superhero who is (in her current incarnation) a teenage Muslim from Jersey City: The première of “Ms. Marvel” sold more copies digitally than it did in print—a company first. Marvel doesn’t … Continue reading

January 19, 2017
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Philip K. Dick’s Vision of Fascism in America

I have to confess that I haven’t seen the TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, but I found Aaron Bady’s discussion of the series — and how it differs from the book — at The New Yorker, quite … Continue reading

November 11, 2016
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The Wall

Bob Staake for The New Yorker. 

August 18, 2016
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Thank You for Sending Us Your Manuscript

Edward Steed for The New Yorker.

April 2, 2016
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Comma Queen: The Illustrious Ampersand

Comma Queen Mary Norris takes a quick look at the origins of the beloved ampersand for The New Yorker:

March 22, 2016
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Brooklyn’s Most Cluttered Bookstore

The New Yorker visits the Community Bookstore in Brooklyn as owner John Scioli begins to clean out his “cavern of books” in preparation of the store’s closing in May:

February 8, 2016
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Mirror by Chris Ware

I have to confess that I frequently find This American Life kind of irritating, but this collaboration with Chris Ware and The New Yorker to create an animated magazine cover is neat: The animation was done by Ware and John Kuramoto. You can read … Continue reading

February 5, 2016
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Moustache

Will McPhail for The New Yorker.

February 24, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Blown Covers — The New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly has a Tumblr (pictured above:  “Eustace at a Stoplight—Right?,” by David Urban) Spanking — Charles McGrath remembers the late Barney Rosset in the New York Times: Mr. Rosset was far from … Continue reading

February 8, 2011
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Too Much Information

That the reality of machines can outpace the imagination of magic, and in so short a time, does tend to lend weight to the claim that the technological shifts in communication we’re living with are unprecedented… The scale of the … Continue reading

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