Critical Linking: August 14, 2012


With Baby Boomers accounting for the highest percentage of the general population, that age group has historically spent the most on books. In 2011, however, that changed, when Generation Y, those born between 1979 and 1989, took over the book-buying leadership from Baby Boomers, accounting for 30% of book expenditures in the year, up from 24% in 2010, while Baby Boomers’ share of spending fell from 30% to 25%.

Hey, nice job, Generation X. You got skipped right over. No wonder everybody thinks you are a bunch of slackers.


The death of the independent bookstore is more and more starting to resemble a Lucille Ball death scene, where the actress keeps saying one more last word before swooning and shuttering her eyes and then opening them again to gasp out one more.

Good analogy. 


Wharton’s niece landscape designer Beatrix Farrand, played here by actress Mamie Gummer; diplomat Walter Barry, played by writer Junot Diaz; architect Ogden Codman Jr., played by writer Jonathan Safran Foer; and painter Maxfield Parrish, played by actor Max Minghella.

This Vogue photo spread on Edith Wharton is one of the more unlikely things I have seen in quite some time. And that’s saying something, because there is this thing called YouTube out there.


Joe Lozano, a collector from Culver City, Calif., said he sold one or two books online for every 100 he bought. He drove to Archer City in a Toyota Corolla with the back seats ripped out, hoping he would buy enough books so that the extra storage space would come in handy. “My wife’s not here to stop me, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

Fear the partnerless married person and their hastily modified compact car.

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