Critical Linking for July 22nd, 2015

 

I reached out and asked him for an expanded version of his reading list that includes some of his favorite books by women. He kindly complied and offered a stimulating selection of twelve books to enrich any human life — here it is, beginning with the original eight from the show and Harris’s comments about some of them.

A few familiar titles on this list of 12 Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read and a few unfamiliar ones. My favorite kind.

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E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan.

Another great one now gone.

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To promote his new book, Modern Romance, Ansari has been going around to random bookstores while traveling and secretly signing copies. On one copy, he even addressed a note to former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen.

Simple, fun idea.

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More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black. A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation.

Man, it just wasn’t that long ago. And still a long way to go.

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