Critical Linking: October 23rd, 2014

 

50 Best Book to Movie Adaptations

This list of best book adaptations is a few years old, but I just found out about it yesterday. Verdict? That old saying that “the book is always better” can be put to bed.

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The Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza, the last bookstore in the Bronx, is closing. Yes, the only bookseller in the entire borough is shuddering at the end of the year due to an unaffordable lease. The Bronx, which is populated by 1.4 million people, has no independent bookstores at all — the last closed in 2011 — and now residents won’t have the megastore in which to browse or buy titles, either.

Well, crap.

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The Hemingwrite — described as an “over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century” — should bother me. It’s not just the pretentious yet bland reference to the Young Male Writer’s favorite inspiration right in the name. It’s not just the exhortation to use its long battery life and “pull a Thoreau,” the time-honored practice of self-righteously rejecting civilization by making other people interact with it on your behalf. It’s not just the shots fired at “tiresome and outdated” typewriters. It’s the entire gestalt of nostalgia, self-help, and conspicuous, generic literary fandom that it evokes. It makes me want to be elitist and anti-intellectual at the same time.

Except that as an idea, I love it.

This is just one example of the weird cultural baggage that Hemingway gets saddled with.

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In the study sample of libraries in Indian country, only 42 percent were able to help visitors with technology training while 87 percent of rural public libraries and 90 percent of public libraries could. One of the reasons is that tribal libraries often don’t receive discounts known as E-Rates that make digital access more affordable for schools and public libraries. Only 15 percent of Indian country libraries in the study received the discounts compared to more than half of public libraries.

I never considered the particular difficulty tribal libraries would have in the digital age.

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