CRITICAL LINKING: The Most Read, January 16-21, 2012

The most read stories from the week that was…

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“Once upon a time there was a leper colony in Jamaica.”

Write a book that starts like a fairy tale about wildly contagious nervous disorders, you get to be on a list of anticipated books for 2012.

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“I think that’s what they’re trying to do–throw money around in an industry that doesn’t have any, until Amazon becomes not only the only place where you buy books, but the only place that publishes books, too.”

Amazon is squeezing damn hard. Who is next, authors? I wouldn’t be surprised.

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“Don’t worry about disappointments. Don’t worry about pleasures. Don’t worry about satisfactions.”

Sad, ironic, wistful: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s list of advice for his daughter.

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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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“I had a very tight deadline and managed to produce 1600 words per day, every day, until done, followed by a few weeks of ten-hour-days editing.”

If we called ghostwriting “consensual plagiarism,” would stuff like this really be OK?

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