Critical Linking: October 21th, 2013

 

A Brief History of Publishing

A striking infographic/timeline.

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A graphic novel that depicts the sexual encounters of fairytale heroines has made history as the first book pulled from the New Zealand National Library catalogue for being too explicit.

The National Library. And it’s an Alan Moore title. Yikes.

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Any­way, this brings me to an inter­est­ing thought exper­i­ment: what would be the con­se­quences if a large inter­net cor­po­ra­tion such as Google were to buy the entire pub­lish­ing industry?

Provocative thought-experiment.

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Given those literary antecedents, it’s striking that a strong leitmotif of the series is pointed criticism by various characters of “chivalry,” of romantic stories about knights and fair maidens—of, you might say, “fantasy” itself.

This epic take on The Song of Fire and Ice by a good critic is worth a read, for fans and non-fans alike.

 

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