CRITICAL LINKING: November 18, 2011

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


Now, don’t get us wrong — we’re not saying that twee-ness is an inherently bad thing. In fact, several of the authors on this list number among our all-time favorites in any genre.”

I have extremely bad twee radar. Exhibit A: I wouldn’t have pegged an author who wrote a non-fiction novel about the lost boys of Sudan as twee.


“Salinger at this point in his life was a student of Zen Buddhism, and “Bananafish” is similar to a Zen koan, or riddle, in which a question is posed and the answer is found through meditation and self-examination.”

If you’re Salinger experience stops at Catcher in the Rye, it’s time to broaden your horizons.


“Despite all the times I have moved, I never shed books except once, after I left New Jersey more or less for good. I still mourn the books I chucked. And over the years, I have slowly pulled other copies of these back into my life.”

Junot Diaz being awesome. In other breaking news, bacon is good.

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