Critical Linking, October 11, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“…few writers publicly declare themselves the biggest influence on their own work.”

You know it’s bad when Philip Roth is like, “Dude, read someone else for God’s sake.”


“Delia said he has not read the book — he has read the CliffsNotes and the excerpts sheet that has been distributed.”

New rule: if you reference CliffsNotes in your bid to have a major literary work taken out of schools, you get pantsed.


“…what group could ever really get its mind round the infinitely varied work of scores of different traditions. And why should we ask them to do that?”

OK, so picking Nobel winners is hard. But is it really so hard to not pick a European 7 of the last 10 times?


“Top 10 books for women – vote for the most beautiful book”

I’m no expert in “books for women,” but this is silly.


“I’ve examined books by Hemingway and Austen with a high powered microscope and failed to find evidence of any genitalia, male or female on either.”

To be fair to Hemingway, it was SUPER cold the day she did this.


Reading anything interesting this morning?

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