Critical Linking: September 19th, 2013

 

This post is the first in a new feature in which we’ll focus exclusively on some of the most widely read works of literature. In each guide, we aim to compile resources for students and average readers of some famous, and sometimes famously difficult, books.

Very cool new features from Open Culture. How did I not know that you can get ebooks of 1984 for free?

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To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Penguin Books, Penguin’s long-time creative director Paul Buckley chose 75 book covers that represent the best of what Penguin has produced over the course of the last decade, and investigated the design process behind each one. The exhibition will be open until September 16th 2013.

This is a fantastic idea.

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I think anything that’s good about my writing comes from my resisting my desire for attention and approval. I can write shit that risks my readership, and the one thing that I know is that my readership is predominantly female. When I decided to finish this book about a real fucked-up scumbag cheater, I still remember the early notes I got back from my female friends when the book was done like, “Dude, you need to game it a little bit, make the female characters less from his selfish, narcissistic point of view.”

Hard not to like Junot Diaz.

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It also would not have happened if not for very unusual stipulation in Rowling’s contact, unheard of for first time screenwriters: Warner Bros. is not allowed to rewrite her script after she signs off on it, at least accordin to THR’s sources. If true, that’s a very gutsy move for Warner Bros. I say this with full appreciation of Rowling’s talents as a novelist: great novels and great screenplays are two different beasts.

If you’ve got leverage, use it.

 

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