CRITICAL LINKING: December 2, 2011

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

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“The reason Trilling matters now has less to do with his status as the saint of liberalism—a troubled status, at best; like Arnold, Trilling had a love/hate relationship with the liberal tradition—than with his doggedness in proclaiming the primacy of literature as a means of ascertaining the individual and the individual’s relation to society.”

To have great literary critics is to have great advocates of literature.

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“I found myself talking about the novel obsessively with my husband, who hadn’t even read it, which makes me think it would be an excellent choice for book clubs.”

You win a Pulitzer prize, you get to tell me about your favorite book of 2011.

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“A sigh is just a sigh, but anyone who has ever been in love knows how important it is to distinguish between when she sighs happily and when she sighs otherwise.”

vigorously nod.

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