Critical Linking for June 3rd, 2015

 

Amazon.com today announced its fifth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America – just in time for summer reading season. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2014 to April 2015, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 500,000 residents.

Amazon released it’s annual list of the most well-read cities in America (at least according to Amazon) and there’s a new #1.

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The readability of many best sellers is much like the edibility of junk food. Agribusiness and the food packagers sell us sweetened fat to live on, so we come to think that’s what food is. Amazon uses the BS Machine to sell us sweetened fat to live on, so we begin to think that’s what literature is.

I think Ursula L Guin’s position here isn’t just about Amazon, but about publishing as a whole, right?

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Juliette Binoche will star in “Pearl,” based on the life of Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck along with Leehom Wang (“Forever Young”) and Jing Tian (“Great Wall”).

Buck’s life is fascinating, and Binoche is great. I think this should make for a nice little piece of prestige film-making.

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“The Republic of Bad Taste” by Jonathan Franzen

An excerpt from Franzen’s new novel is online at The New Yorker.

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