CRITICAL LINKING: December 15, 2011

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


“You’ll have noticed that there are fewer book reviewing jobs in American print media these days; you may not have noticed the fiercer competition for those staff reviewing jobs that remain, or the not especially lucrative rates available to freelance reviewers, but we have. So we create our own opportunities.”

The only thing changing more than the publishing business is the literary journalism business.


“These are the 11 novels I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year.”

Best-of list collector extraordinaire offers his own list.


“As much as I despise some of its recent tactics, no company in recent years has done more than Amazon to ignite a national passion for buying, reading, and even writing new books.”

Even in a fairly distasteful essay, you can find a kernel to ponder.


“Though the book was a huge success among the ladies only 36 per cent are planning to catch Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in action when it hits cinemas, and though that still accounts for plenty of green it’s not quite what the execs had in mind. But why?”

Apparently, I share the feeling of 74% of women.

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