Critical Linking: July 15th, 2014

 

Some are young authors, others are firmly established. Some of them are publishing industry veterans or new media superstars who want to use their clout (or Klout) to talk up writers they love, while others command small armies via their Tumblrs. Some start hashtag trends, while others have scored book deals with their clever tweets. Whatever it is they do on the Internet, these 35 people do it better than anybody else in the book world, and that’s why they help steer literary conversations and tastes.

You could do a lot worse than to follow these folks if you are a book nerd. (Two of them especially. Wink).

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Although one would hope the appearance of an author is irrelevant to enjoying their work, Jane Austen fans who’ve been curious about her appearance now have a life-size wax sculpture courtesy of the Jane Austen Centre. The sculpture is based on work done by FBI-trained forensic artist’ Melissa Dring.

OK, so who had “terrifying” in the “adjective that best describes life-like wax recreations of 19th century authors” pool? Come collect your money.

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One side defends the ideals that this nation was founded on: Independence and freedom from tyranny. The other side is made up of elites who keep the little people down and take the money that is rightfully theirs in an attempt to control the message and maintain the status quo. I’m talking not about the Tea Party and big government, but the worlds of self-publishing and traditional publishing.

It’s getting to the point where self-publishing is like the Paleo diet: I’m so happy that it’s working out for you and I wish you all the best but seriously shut up about it.

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An out-of-print collection of essays about corporate America first published in 1969 has shot to the top of bestseller lists after Bill Gates revealed it was his favourite business book. John Brooks’s Business Adventures is a collection of the late journalist’s New Yorker articles from the 1960s, covering topics from the rise of Xerox and the $350m Edsel disaster to scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur. Gates wrote in the Wall Street Journal this weekend that the long out-of-print title “remains the best business book I’ve ever read.”

Out of print, but you can get it as an ebook.

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