CRITICAL LINKING: January 16, 2012

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


“One of the perils of literary biography is discovering that the literature you love was written by somebody you don’t especially like.”

I’ll never understand why some folks can’t handle finding out that an author they like is kind of a jerk. A great book is worth any number of d-bags.


“Harold Pollack used to spend $1,000 a year on Amazon, but this fall started buying from small online retailers instead. The prices are higher, but Dr. Pollack says he now has a clear conscience.”

Is shopping for books locally the biggest moral question of modern reading? Sure seems like it.


“This is stripped down, heavy-beat, pop-set stuff: big on hook, low on nuance, more Justin Bieber than Adele.”

You could do worse as a self-published phenom than be compared to the Biebenator.


“To bring the subject home, think about how many different people you interact with during the course of a given day — coworkers, clients, passing strangers, store clerks. Then think about how much effort you devoted to thinking about their emotional state or the emotional quality of your interaction. It’s when we read fiction that we have the time and opportunity to think deeply about the feelings of others”

Apparently, reading makes you understand people better, which is a great way to make money.


“Is poetry dead? Or, in the age of the Internet, does it offer us what nothing else can?”

Is nuance dead? Or is it selling care insurance in Duluth?


Jeff O’Neal is the editor of Book Riot. Follow him on Twitter: @readingape

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