CRITICAL LINKING: January 17, 2012

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

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“Do the people in charge of decisions about marketing books have such a low estimation of the reading public that they won’t even give them the opportunity not to choose literary fiction?”

Fitzgerald only earned $8,397 in royalties from The Great Gatsby in his lifetime. My point? ‘Twas always thus.

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“If he does locate the bones, Prado hopes there will be further forensic evidence to settle other long-standing questions, like whether or not Cervantes really did drink himself to death, and what kind of food he ate as a child.”

Man, neo-historicism is out of control. What kind of food Cervantes ate as a child? We have to care about other stuff, right?

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“More fluent, more generous than her friend Henry James, hospitable and a perfect hostess, she was not without her weaknesses, which she overcame by personal discipline, writing her way out of nervous vulnerability, including a breakdown and an inadequately reciprocated love affair when she was in her forties.”

What does “inadequately reciprocated love affair” mean? This is going to fester.

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“All this focus on the ephemeral quality “good taste” also undermines those of Ms. Einhorn’s talents that have always been essential to successful publishing: a commitment to thorough editing and a lot of exuberant salesmanship.”

When someone really succeeds, it’s easy to chalk it up to talent and miss the combination of discipline and commitment. 

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

 

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