CRITICAL LINKING: January 6, 2011

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


“The prose of Tolkien” – who was nominated by his friend and fellow fantasy author CS Lewis – “has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality”, wrote jury member Anders Österling.”

How do you say ‘ouch’ in Swedish?


“He was an intellectual with the instincts of a street brawler, never happier than when engaged in moral or political fisticuffs.”

Rushdie on Hitchens. Takes a fighter to know a fighter.


“Travellers heading to Dubai over the Christmas period got into the festive spirit by reading Santa Baby by Katie Price.”

I need this to mean something.


“So, this is my last post as a sane human being (if it could ever be said I was sane). I will be undertaking my 179 book journey after midterms next week starting with THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington.”

I guess that 99.4% of people who read Booth Tarkington these days do so because of that damn Modern Library list.

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