CRITICAL LINKING: January 5, 2012

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


“The book is called Actors Anonymous and was acquired by Amazon’s fiction editor Ed Park from Mr. Franco’s agent, Richard Abate.”

James Franco, welcome to the machine.


“As a result, books are in abundant supply in the menswear world, from Earnest Sewn’s San Francisco location to the Ted Baker in New York’s Meatpacking District.”

It seems books are the new taxidermy of sartorial masculinity.


“There were a lot of books this year which took that action and Genre in the Mainstream has endeavored to be part of the ongoing conversation about genre divide and crossover. Here are a selection of books published last year which deserve the attention of anyone interested in this phenomenon.”

A bunch of good, if a little familiar literary titles that have substantial genre DNA.


“But I often find that after a month or two I can’t remember the ends of novels at all, even novels I loved — even detective novels, where the whole (putative) point of the book is the big reveal at the end. Oddly, the meanings of books are defined for me much more by their beginnings and middles than they are by their endings.”

I don’t know why this is odd. “The middle” is most of the book after all.


“Edward ran a pale hand through his perfect golden-bronze hair, then signed on to, the darkest place on the internet…”

The lesson? Don’t mess with The Meyer.



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