CRITICAL LINKING: January 24, 2012

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

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“Obama has even done his own (brief) stint as a book reviewer – praising A Kind And Just Parent by William Ayers in the Chicago Tribune in December 1997. He called it: ‘A searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair.'”

I’m strongly considering voting for this guy.

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“French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s theory of deconstruction, that the context of the work – when, where and by whom it was created – is as important as the work itself, plays a pivotal role in Digital Adaptations.”

Derrida: he’s not just for grad school anymore.

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“In fact, they seem more real – more complex, more human even, because the novel, at its best, is the one art form that offers privileged access to consciousness and interiority, to the inner torments, excitements, contradictions and indeed boredom of the human story.”

Why fake athletes seem more real to us than, you know, real athletes.

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“The glamour belies the financial strain that comes along with a house too large to keep up, and the customs of the aristocracy are difficult to maintain over several generations. The lives of heiresses are complicated matters, which of course means they provide excellent material for books.”

Man, people love them some Downton Abbey. Can DA fan fiction be far behind?

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

 

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