CRITICAL LINKING: October 14, 2011

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

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“…a space has opened up for a new prize which is unequivocally about excellence – even if that sometimes means shortlisted books are more challenging and don’t necessarily fall under the easy description of readable.”

Right, because “excellence” is not at all easy to throw around.

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“If I pick up a book with vampires on the cover, I want there to be vampires. If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book.”

If I pick up a book with the giant embossed name of the author on it, I want there to be giant embossed names of authors in it. If I pick up a book with a faceless woman in a flowy skirt walking an a beach, I want there to be faceless women in flowy skirts walking on beaches.  We all want what we want, I guess.

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“In other words, I guess, if God wanted there to be great gay novels, he wouldn’t have made us this way.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that John Updike probably is not one of those people who thought Brokeback Mountain was robbed.

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“What came first, the depressing women’s book clubs or the morbid books?”

Trick question. Oprah came first.

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“Supporting local independent bookstores reflects a determination to preserve what’s essential before it gets lost forever. What follows is a gallery of some of the great and iconic independent bookstores across the United States. Seek them out. Support and appreciate them. Rally round their flag—because they make your city or town a better place to live by keeping the soul of the great good place alive.”

Maybe hyperbolic (I think there are probably towns without bookstores that have “souls”), but it’s better to have great bookstores than to not.

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