Critical Linking: August 3, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports that online sales of David Mitchell’s novel “Cloud Atlas” shot up last week after a 5-minute trailer of the film appeared on the Internet. Hovering around the #2,500 mark on Amazon’s sales list, the book rocketed to #7 after the movie preview’s debut.

Channeling Allen Iverson: “Not the movie, the trailer. The trailer. We’re talking about a trailer, man. Not the movie. Not the movie. A trailer.”

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Little by little, starting in the late 1930s, The Lord of the Rings took shape. Enlisted in the Royal Air Force, Christopher left in 1943 for a South African air base, where every week he received a long letter from his father, as well as the episodes of the novel that was under way. “I was a fighter pilot. When I landed, I would read a chapter,” he says, amused, showing a letter in which his father asks his advice on the formation of a proper noun.

Simply amazing.

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Please include a proof of purchase.  HMH will send a refund of $30 within 30 days of receipt of book ($26 for book, plus $4 to cover mailing charges).

Bought Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine and feel cheated that he made at least some of it up? Get your cash back. Good job, HMH.

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“I made up my memories, most of them. I no longer know what is true, what is not.”

I don’t believe this for one second. Though, what if that’s what Isabelle Allende wants? If someone is lying about making something up, then where are you?

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