CRITICAL LINKING: November 19, 2011

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

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“Writers wear atrocious clothes when writing. So terrible that I have been asked, by the UPS man, ‘Are you all right?”’

Writers do and care about some crazy stuff.

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I’m saying nothing here of the concussive obtuseness by virtue of which so many think my having published a “genre” novel somehow compromises my position (rather than, say, giving me an insider’s view of how Mr. Whitehead’s book might fare), nor of the po-facedness that demands umbrage at my intellectual-and-porn-star analogy.”

Believe it or not, that sentence was supposed to clarify his argument.

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“…it’s hard to not like the Nook Tablet for $250. It continues to be a great piece of hardware: the screen is beautiful, the fresh internals make it quicker than ever before, and the price makes some of its flaws (the charging issue, storage allocation, no tabs) somewhat forgivable.”

Damn shame they couldn’t price it at $199.

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“Your job is to have a lot to say up to a point. We want our novelists to be voluble and strong-minded and have opinions and impress us with their command of cultural matters. Then they publish a novel and are supposed to fall silent and become a bulletin board upon which things are tacked.”

Here’s why: we don’t like to be told what to think about a book, and an author who argues against a review seems like they are telling us what to think.

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