Critical Linking: July 24, 2012

 

Goodreads is starting to step in and act as a reputation system.

Can crowdsourcing reviews help with the onslaught of self-published books? 

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Indeed, the casual mention in Gatsby might lead one to believe that it was just a city he’d read about or a place he saw on a map. But it’s something more than that. The reason Lake Forest became such a significant place to one of America’s great writers is simple: his first love was from there.

Gatsby just radiates interesting angles.

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Invent your own!

George RR Martin, on using other writers’ characters in fan fiction. (Easy for him to say, though. He probably invents two dozen characters while pouring his cereal.)

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And book authors can’t expect to collect on “repeat reads” the way music creators can collect on “repeat plays”.

This seems to me the single-most important reason that a Spotify for books is untenable. I can listen to “Tempted” by Squeeze eight or nine times on repeat without even knowing it. I can only do that three times with Stieg Larsson, max.

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