CRITICAL LINKING: November 30, 2011

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


“It wouldn’t have hurt Zelda to be a little more concerned with self-preservation.”

And that, dear readers, is what we call “understatement.”


“I cannot fathom how you fit so much action into so few pages.”

In a letter to Marvel Comics, George RR Martin foreshadows his 8612346 page fantasy series.


“Although I often disagree with professional critics, I’m always interested in how they’ve come to their mistaken conclusions.”

This is the most half-hearted defense of professional book critics that I’ve ever read.


“With great serenity she added an egg, for was she not descended from that very noble, French house whose female progeny brought their arts and energy, their sense of colour and shape, wit and poise to the sluggish English?”

I doubt Virginia Woolf would have really written a cookbook like this, but isn’t it pretty to think so?

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