Critical Linking

Critical Linking for May 7, 2013

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

 

Considering that the person/people behind @Seinfeld2000 have published a number of (misspelled, as all of their tweets are) tweets indicating their desire for a book deal, it’s perhaps no surprise that they just went ahead and wrote a book without one. What is surprising, considering the feed’s limited reach, is that it’s become something of a bestseller, and now sits at #2 on Smashwords’ bestseller list.

It’s stuff like this that makes me thing that the future of books is both more weird and more interesting than we can quite imagine.

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His Cologne, Germany-based publishing house, Taschen, collaborated with Sebastião Salgado, a Brazilian photojournalist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador who spent the past eight years traveling to remote places untouched by deforestation, urbanization and the modern world, to produce “Genesis.” The 704-page two-volume collection of black-and-white photos depicts Mr. Salgado’s trek, which included a 47-day journey tracking 7,000 reindeer across Northern Siberia and a roughly 525-mile hike in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.

The massive art edition retails for $9,000, weighs a combined 130 pounds—packaging and bookstand included—and stands nearly four feet tall.

A $9,000 book about reindeer that weighs 130 pounds. I mean, I like reindeer as much as the next multi-millionaire weight-lifter, but come one.

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A selection of the editorial images for this season’s collection entitled From Sandy Shores to the Ink Black Ocean, inspired by the novel The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

If any of you can explain to me in language that doesn’t make me roll my eyes how any of these clothes are inspired by the story of Achilles and Patroclus, I will eat my hat. Or one of these hats. Your pick.

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