Critical Linking: September 25th, 2013

 

As early as 1804, when he was still president, Jefferson began separating “the diamond from the dunghill,” as he later put it, to assemble his own version of the Bible. He continued the project in earnest during his later years at Monticello, poring over various editions in Greek, Latin, French and King James English. He clipped the passages he thought were genuine teachings of Jesus and pasted them, in the four languages side by side, onto pages.

Fascinating.

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The question is whether Goodreads is established enough that most users will think it’s too valuable to leave.

That’s it right there. The question to ask of any Goodreads-related drama is this: does the average reader care?

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After years of steep decline, independent bookstores have turned the corner — to a point. Sales grew 8% in 2012 and are on track for similar gains this year, according to the American Booksellers Association. The uptick is welcome news for the industry, which has been in turmoil throughout recent memory.

Good. Maybe we’ve hit the bottom, at least for now, of the erosion if independent bookselling?

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The exclusive e-book edition of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel The Time Traveler’s Wifeis finally available from Zola Books.

Not a fan of single-outlet titles. Not at all.

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Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer. She’s dense, she’s allusive. She’s a gorgeous storyteller. But three books in 30 years? That makes me want to go to that person and grab her by the shoulders and look into her face and say, ‘Do you realise how little time you have in the scheme of things?’ ”

Real talk from Stephen King.

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