Critical Linking

Critical Linking: November 26, 2012

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


In total, 57.3 million Americans visited online retail sites on Black Friday, representing an increase of 18 percent versus a year ago. Amazon also posted the highest year-over-year visitor growth rate among the top five retailers.

The big get bigger.


What he says of Tolstoy — he is “masterful at the apprehension that forces a sudden reappraisal of reality” — could be said of Wood himself, if we substitute “fiction” for “reality.”

Who reviews the reviewers?


It features a slew of local advertising fromneighborhood merchants (the library was in the now trending Ballard neighborhood). The ads feature the usual suspects; real estate agent, the insurance agent, the gas station and cleaners

Some books from the 1930s had advertising on them. Who knew?


Curiously, the preoccupation with Voice produces an amazing amount of very similar narrative voices: all those cute first-person narrators.

Sub “quirky” for “cute” and we have a direct hit.

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