CRITICAL LINKING: January 27, 2012

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

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“As hard as Seattleites scrunched up over their coffee and Jonathan Raban novels, they couldn’t prevent Washington, D.C.’s legion of wonks from stealing the title of 2011’s Most Literate City in America.”

Seems like having The Library of Congress might make this kinda unfair.

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“She says that when she announced her deal with Amazon this month, the ensuing criticism on Facebook and Twitter was so nasty that she stopped checking social media. “I suspected people would not be happy with this,” she says. ‘But I didn’t expect the vitriol.'”

You join the Yankees, you gonna get booed.

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“The money paid to reviewers at publications like The New York Times is generated, at least in part, from ad sales paid for by traditional publishers. Thus far, traditional media have resisted reviewing indie books, probably at least in part because there is little or no money to be made.”

Uh, I think the editorial/sales walls at these places is not as porous as that.

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“And I think there’s a moral sophistication that film just cannot achieve in the same way.”

I’ve long thought that one reason great literary fiction often makes for boring movies is that film is terrible at ambiguity. It would seem Lionel Shriver agrees with me.

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