Critical Linking: August 6, 2013

 

However, once Lolita herself is eliminated from the cover, it’s natural to focus on words themselves, which Nabokov truly savored.

This collection of essays about Lolita has the kind of cover a tween might make for a book, which seems fitting here.

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Computer keyboards make a mousy tappy tap tappy tap like ones you hear in a Starbucks — work may be getting done but it sounds cozy and small, like knitting needles creating a pair of socks. Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece.

Tom Hanks likes typewriters. I mean, really likes them.

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So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness

This commencement speech by George Saunders has been making the rounds. And for good reason.

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“Everybody has an audio book player in their pocket at this point,” says Anthony Goff, vice president of Hachette Audio, where sales have jumped by 31% this spring over last. 

That really fits with the increased talk about audiobooks I’ve been seeing all over the place. Smartphones make the experience just so much better, from acquisition to playback.

 

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