Critical Linking, October 10, 2011

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

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“As its rivals steadily asphyxiate, Amazon is ringing up 50 percent growth in quarterly revenues, and could reach $50 billion in sales this year. Walmart needed almost twice the time—33 years—to cross that threshold.”

Remember in Wall-E that there was this one giant company that controlled everything? Well, at least we’ll all have hover-recliners.

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“This year, many betters thought an Asian writer was due for a win, as the Academy has never awarded the prize to a writer from that continent.”

This is going to come as news to Gao Xingjian.

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“A curated collection of material for fans of Marilynne Robinson.”

This, my friends, is how you use the internet. (via Alexander Chee)

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All Hallow’s Read is a tradition started by Neil Gaiman last year, and it consists of simply giving someone a scary book for Halloween. As the website’s FAQ explains, the books are not meant to replace Trick or Treating, but to complement it.”

Awesome. Hmmm. The scariest book I can think of….ah, THIS.

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What are you reading to start the week?

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