Critical Linking: January 15th, 2015

 

Time flies when you’re reading a good book. These twenty titles are turning the big 1-0 in 2015, and many of them are still as popular now as they were upon their initial publication. Some became literary phenomenon’s, many became films, but all of them have their place in literary history.

Geez, does this list of books turning 10 make me feel old……

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Staff at New York’s Public Library have found the answer after stumbling upon a box labelled “Interesting Reference Questions”, containing customer queries from the 1940s to the 1980s. It seems in a time before the internet, people phoned the library for reference, and if their question couldn’t be answered, the librarian would type it up on a card and file it away for someone else to deal with. Here are some of the best examples…

These are pretty darn delightful….

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Read what follows with a stern caveat emptor in mind, for it has been written by an unabashed David Foster Wallace fanboy, one of those forlorn, bespectacled young men covertly handed a copy of Infinite Jest in his formative years, and who subsequently recited passages from the novel the way early Christians, hiding in dim catacombs, must have read with secret, feverish ecstasy from the epistles of Paul.

Good, long read on David Foster Wallace in Newsweek.

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