17 Guaranteed Ways to Upset Any Book Lover: Today in Critical Linking

1. Permanently mutilating once-perfect pages in a borrowed book.

17 Guaranteed Ways To Upset a Book Lover. Try not to burst into flames as you read this.


Hundreds of books are travelling independently on Melbourne’s trams, trains and buses in search of a reader. The free range books have been set loose on the city’s public transport by “book ninjas” as part of a new movement called Books On The Rail.

Fun project, but wouldn’t it be hard to find the work of a book “ninja.”


The 400-page book is said to draw on never-before-seen archives, with over 300 images and 70 editorial contributions, including personal essays, poems, and diary entries from shop guests such as Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ian Rankin, Kate Tempest, and Ethan Hawke.

This visual history of Shakespeare & Company sounds amazing.


Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, who was sentenced to two years in prison after a sexually explicit scene from his novel The Use of Life was ruled to have “violat[ed] public modesty”, has had his motion to suspend the prison sentence rejected by a Cairo court.

Basically, write about sex and/or drugs in Egypt, and you can end up in the big house.

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