Critical Linking

Critical Linking: February 8th, 2013

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

 

Of course Philip Roth was not the first writer to retire. Writers have been putting down their pens for many years. Here is a selective and thoroughly incomplete list of the ways half a dozen writers have retired — or tried to — with wildly varying degrees of success.

Retiring from writing seems to me quite different from retiring from publishing. I bet even if Roth never publishes again, he is still writing.

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A Times source says NYT Junior would be targeted not at very young readers but at college students and twenty-somethings. The idea would be to offer them a limited-content version at a price point calibrated to a just-starting-out-in-life budget.

Might I suggest “Intern Edition” as the name?

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It is impossible to post too often on the Twitter website. People follow people because they want to hear from them, hundreds if not thousands of times a day. It is your duty as a Twilt to post nearly constantly, and set up a great number of accounts on services that can post automatically even when you are busy sleeping. I unfollow anyone who doesn’t post at least twice a minute. It is especially important to post when you don’t have anything new to share. No one minds getting messages about old news, over and over again, for days.

I would laugh, but I have too much unfollowing to catch up on, now that I think of it.

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But, passing those places, I still feel that phantom presence, the little lift of welcome that a bookstore offers a writer. Those places were like beacons, sending out signals, drawing me in. I still feel their presence, though now the stores don’t sell books, and no one inside them knows how a writer, walking past, might feel. It doesn’t matter. I know they were there.

I wonder, at the peak moment, how many bookstores there were in Manhattan.


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