The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

January 16, 2017
by Dan
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Obama and Books

The New York Times has published a transcript of Michiko Kakutani’s recent conversation with US President Barak Obama about books: Some of the craft of writing a good speech is identical to any other good writing: Is that word necessary? Is it … Continue reading

July 25, 2016
by Dan
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Jennifer Heuer on Gendered Covers and Being a Woman Designer

At The Literary Hub, the talented Jennifer Heuer on gendered book covers and being a woman designer: I love what I do and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of amazing art directors on a lot of great projects. I’m … Continue reading

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.

February 1, 2014
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Miriam Markowitz: ‘Here Comes Everybody’

I am very late to this, but Miriam Markowitz’s article for The Nation ‘Here Comes Everybody‘, on women and book publishing in 2013, is well worth reading: More nuanced fiction that isn’t of an obvious commercial genre—much of which is written by … Continue reading

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