Breaking the Taboo Against Optimism

Reasons to be cheerful: Leaders in the business of books reveal what they are optimistic about

Every new year, John Brockman of the online intellectual powerhouse Edge ( asks its virtual community of scientists and social thinkers one question. In 2007, it was this: “What are you optimistic about?” To strike a less than despondent chord this January, I put the same question to a few people in the British book world who are best placed to know. Read their answers on these pages.


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