Critical Linking: October 6, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

“The text works. It stands and speaks for itself. It is not what we need to change.”

James Bridle does not want to listen to your Spotify playlist while reading.


“How did Mr Sinker take a form conducive to ephemeral quips and create a fully realised work of fiction? He used the best tropes of Twitter.”

I tried following @MayorEmanuel but it made me feel like I was having a seizure. And not in a good way.


“He thinks he’s a born novelist. I don’t think he’s a novelist, really.”

Jay Rubin, long-time English translator of Haruki Murakami, seems like he is trying damnedest to get fired.


“Jonathan Franzen confirmed yesterday that he is indeed adapting his 2001 National Book Award-winner The Corrections into an HBO series.” 

Mr. Franzen also acknowledged that this project would push his next novel back 783 years.


“Harry Potter fans will have to wait until the first half of 2012 for the series’ e-books as the opening of the Pottermore shop postponed from its planned October launch.”

Man, Pottermore really is magic; it just hit thousands of Potter-nerds with a “Stupify!”

What are you all reading this morning?

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