Critical Linking: February 3rd, 2014

 

Neil Gaiman reads Dr Seuss’s GREEN EGGS AND HAM, in honour of the Worldbuilders 2014 charity hitting a $500,000 stretch goal.

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Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning book The Luminaries is to become a television mini-series.

Catton has signed a contract to create a television adaptation of her 834-page murder mystery set in New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush, the Sunday Star-Times reports.

From what I’ve heard, it should make a very good mini-series.

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Still, something like “Divergent” has been so hastily assembled, and then so cynically marketed, that I cannot help being offended on the part of the reading public. I know it sells, and God knows that publishing needs the money. But the pushing of this stuff is starting to make me feel as if we’re all suckers. Cruelly, the gilded age of young-adult literature threatens to suck the life out of the whole thing.

It isn’t hard to see what has brought us here. It’s money, plain and simple.

Because before this, publishing never did anything just for money.

 

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