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.

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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?

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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?

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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.