Critical Linking: April 29th, 2013

 

Inevitably, I had this conversation: “How’s the book doing?” and I got to say: “Oh, awesome! It’s a New York Times and Indienet bestseller!” (It stayed on the NYT list for four weeks, so I got to say this a lot). And then, always: “So, how many copies does that come out to?” And my answer was always, “No one knows.

The lack of real numbers around sold books is insanely, archaically, and in all other ways totally frustrating.

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When Abdel Kader Haidara was 17 years old, he took a vow. Among the families of Timbuktu with manuscript collections (and the Haidaras had one of the largest), it’s traditional for one family member from each generation to swear publicly that he will protect the library for as long as he lives.

Holy moly.

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A bill calling for science fiction to be made compulsory reading in schools has been proposed by a politician in West Virginia in order to “stimulate interest in the fields of math and science”.

I wonder if making science fiction “required” reading will kill the fun of it for teenagers. I hope not.

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