CRITICAL LINKING: December 20, 2011

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


“I can answer that now, but give some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens.”

Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant on the iPhone 4s, answers some literary questions.


“Kaufman’s first directorial hit was Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978, a remake of Don Siegel’s 1956 SF classic, and he was Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay on Material from Another Medium in 1988 for The Unbearable Lightness of Being. His steamy Henry & June (1990) was the first film released by a major studio to be rated NC-17, which created considerable controversy.”

Philip Kaufman’s Hemingway film looks pretty interesting, as do these other bookish movies coming in the spring.


“Stieg Larsson blah blah blah”

A publishing pro breaks down the year’s big stories.


“So you want to start a book collection – but not sure where to start?  We have created this series of web pages as a basic guide to starting a collection and understanding the terminology of booksellers.”

Crap. Just lost an hour browsing the glossary of book collecting terms alone.

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