Critical Linking

Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, March 5 – 10, 2012

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

The most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…

 

“This is a timed test, but read at your natural pace and do not skim.”

How did you do?

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“Titled The Booklovers Map of America Showing Certain Landmarks of Literary Geography and created by pictorial cartographer Paul M. Paine in 1933, the map zooms in on the biggest literary cities and places “The Birthplace of American Literature” squarely in the Boston/Cambridge area.”

So awesome.

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Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and universities thrilled to unload material that has no place in the Internet Age.

Whoa. Just…..whoa.

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“Here is my prediction for the 20 novels that will be selected on Thursday….”

No one likes literary award speculation more than I do, so of course I love this.

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“Then Piggie asks Gerald if he too would like to say a word “before the book ends.”  “ENDS!?!” Gerald cries. “The book ends?!” Piggie replies that all books end. Gerald is stricken by panic, then existential dread.”

Remind me not to buy this book for any children I know. Unless I hate them.