CRITICAL LINKING: October 20, 2011

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

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“In the end, what’s any good reader really hoping for? That spark. That spell. That journey.”

Well, yea, of course. All of these things, plus a reason not to talk to other people.

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“About half of them have close to 100 customer reviews, a number that’s hard to achieve through word of mouth alone, especially for books that aren’t high sellers. Interesting.”

In an otherwise near-glowing overview of Amazon’s burgeoning publishing initiatives, this little nugget was conspicuously uninvestigated. In the implication that Amazon is paying/otherwise inducing people to write reviews for their own books? Or are they faking them? This coy “interesting” is either withholding, or trying to indict without any explantation or evidence.

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“ohhhh, I see now, you’ve invented a way to cause world peace when you hug me while soaked in sweat. Brilliant. Sorry I doubted you.”

Never thought of that. 99% perspiration means that geniuses are one sweaty lot.

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“For security reasons, the National Book Foundation had handled all the award communication by phone.”

The National Book Award finalists were definitely kept a secret. So secret in fact that judges themselves didn’t even know what was on the list.

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