Critical Linking

Critical Linking: March 23, 2012

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

Third quarter sales of the Hunger Games trilogy were significantly lower than our expectations, particularly in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Everyone bought the trilogy when the first movie came out. Why would they buy it again?

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The letters do not yield steamy intimate detail. But they do make clear that Cather’s primary emotional attachments were to women, while also laying to rest what the volume’s editors, in interviews, called a persistent urban legend: that of the fanatically secretive author eager to erase any record of shameful desire.

I’m guessing that she wouldn’t have been on Twitter.

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I hate this notion of Irish people as a race of storytellers. There’s probably some truth to it, but I don’t hear much evidence of it myself. Most Irish people, when they talk at length, succeed in being both boring and distressing to listen to. That’s why we’ve produced such great modernist and post-modernist writers – they’re all rebelling against this bullshit idea of great Irish storytelling.

‘Bullshit’ might be a little strong. But those storytellers do have a tendency to go on a bit.

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“In the end, I began to understand there is such a thing as absolute power over narrative. Those who secure this privilege for themselves can arrange stories about others pretty much where, and as, they like.”

Wise words from Chinua Achebe. He will be missed.