Critical Linking: February 20, 2016

Amy Adams is keen on Sharp Objects.

Really excellent casting.

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Multiple bidders — including Showtime, Netflix and others — are in talks for a big commitment to a limited series starring Daniel Craig in an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel Purity, to be produced by Scott Rudin and written by Todd Field and Franzen.

Ugh.

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Honoré de Balzac cranked out 50+ novels in 20 years and died at 51. The cause? Too much work and caffeine. How much coffee? Up to 50 cups per day, they say.

Paul Giamatti as coffee-swilling Balzac? Yes.

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According to results published this week in BMJ Open, a UK medical journal, people enjoy healthier lives if they maintain social bonds after they retire. Something like a book club, where you regularly meet friends and chat, can significantly reduce your risk of death in the first six years post-retirement.

Book clubs help you live longer! Sort of!

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