CRITICAL LINKING: November 23, 2011

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

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“From now on, I plan to acknowledge thank yous with a smile and a slight bow, possibly an arms-extended I-am-not-worthy gesture. Please feel free to join me.”

This is what happens when people stop saying “you’re welcome.” 

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“The old filtering processes where book sections and professional book critics held sway are slowly losing their power to influence, while the Net has opened a vast, undisciplined, self-proclaimed array of reviewers who offer opinions about the quality of mainstream books that could be sincere and authoritative but can also be suspect and self-serving.”

I always forget that professional book critics are immune to self-interest and suspicion.

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“There are agile tongues, rooms that begin to shake, warm wet caves, volcanic releases, moist meat, bottomless swamps of dead fish and yellow lilies in bloom and cellars filled with a heady store of wines and spirits emitting wafts of gaseous bouquets.”

A bad sex writing award is like bad pizza: it’s still flat and cheesy.

 

 

 

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